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Open Educational Resources


What are Open Education Resources?

  • Teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and made available without copyright or licensing restrictions that limit how they are used.
  • Include syllabi, course modules, textbooks, videos, tests, journal articles, and assessment tools to support learning. 
  • Originate from colleges, universities, libraries, government agencies, publishers, faculty or other individuals who develop and openly share their teaching resources.

What can you do?

  1. Retain: Make, own, and control copies of the content
  2. Reuse: Use the content in a variety of ways
  3. Revise: Adapt, adjust, modify, improve, or alter the content
  4. Remix: Combine the original or revised content with other OER to create something new
  5. Redistribute: Share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others

(Made available with the 5R permissions, which define the ways open content can be used)

Three ways to use OER: 

  1. Adopt existing resources without making changes
  2. Adapt existing resources by adding, removing, combining, or editing content
  3. Author new resources

Research & Digital Services Librarian

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Taylor Tharpe
Greenwood Library - Rm. 128