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Open Educational Resources

Quick Guide

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute.They include:

  • Learning content: full courses, course material, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
  • Tools: software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and online learning communities.
  • Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

Why OER?

OER is a relatively new movement in education; educators and learners as well as learning institutions are driving its development. OER provides an alternative to the rising costs of education. For example, in some countries like South Africa, many educators and learners are tapping into OER as the only source for textbooks. OER provides an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.

A Quick 2-Minute Video

Welcome from the Scholarly Communications Committee

We hope you find this guide helpful in learning more about all the tools and resources available (including local ones from the Claire T. Carney Library, Law Library, Instructional Development, and the Visual Resource Center) for OER as well as the pros and cons of using OER sources.  We are not experts, but happy to help you with your questions.  Please contact the Scholarly Communications Committee.

Thank you to UMass Amherst Library for permission to use and modify their OER guide.