What Are Open Educational Resources?
According to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation:
“Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”
Benefits for Faculty:
- Increases student retention and improves student performance by reducing costs
- Promotes academic freedom to modify or add content to your course
- Provides more and more engaging resources for your students
- Can be created to promote your Scholarship of Teaching & Learning portfolio
Benefits for Students:
- Materials are free to access and can be purchased in print at a low cost
- Materials are free to access, before AND after your course
- OER are free self-study and review materials for brushing up on material
- Resources are customizable and can be aligned with only what you need to know - no more skipping around chapters you don't read!
OER are openly-licensed, freely available educational resources that can be modified and redistributed by users.
- Openly-licensed: You can read about this in the Open Licenses and Your Rights tab.
- Freely Available: The resources must be freely available online with no fee to access. A true OER is free to access at all times, unless the resource is printed and must be bought for the price of materials (usually no more than $50).
- Modifiable: The resource must be editable. This means that it must be licensed under an open license that allows for repurposing and remixing.
Examples of Non-OER
|Free Web-Based Resources Under Traditional Copyright
|Subscription-Based Library Collections
|Open Access Articles & Monographs
*Library materials are free for students and faculty to access, but they are not free for the University.
**Some OA articles & monographs are able to be remixed, but authors often hold back these rights since their main concern is the free distribution of their scholarship, not its adaptation.