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Open Educational Resources: What are OER?

What does OER stand for?

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution."  (UNESCO)

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Introduction to Open Educational Resources

OERs are educational materials that are specifically designed by their creator/s to be openly available, and are often licensed to be re-used, re-mixed, and re-distributed.  Open is not just about low cost (though that is an important benefit of using OER) but about the ability to take what others have created, customize it for your specific educational needs, and then share your creation with others.  

OERs can come in a variety of forms:

  • Primary sources - Images, video, and sound recordings.  Some  sources are in the public domain, while others have been licensed as open by their creators.   In addition, many texts that are in the public domain are available online/electronically.
  • Learning content - Created content that ranges from individual lectures, animations, and assessments to complete courses and textbooks.  

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Attribution and License

This guide is a re-mixed and customized version of a guide created by Cody Taylor from the University of Oklahoma and from a guide created by Kim Read from Concordia University-Portland. Some links are used from a guide page created by Jen Klaudinyi from Portland Community College. All original content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. All linked-to content adheres to its respective license.

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