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Open Educational Resources (OER): Overview

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.

Source: https://hewlett.org/strategy/open-educational-resources/

Why Open Education Matters - a brief introduction of the idea behind OER.

OER Overview

How can OER impact students? They save students money!

Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources - The 5 Rs

The terms "open content" and "open educational resources" describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like "open source") that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage) Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video) Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language) Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup) Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

Source: Text and image by David Wiley, opencontent.org, published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license

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