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What are Open Educational Resources and Why Do They Matter?

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared."

--from OER Commons 

For more information about OER see the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Open Educational Resources website.

Use the resources on this page to locate various types of Open Educational Resources.

intheacademia. The OERs - Open Educational Resources. YouTube. 5 June 2012. Web, 12 Aug. 2017.

Blake, David. Why Open Education Matters. YouTube, 5 Jun, 2012. Web. 10 Aug. 2017.

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for every one to:

  • Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse -- content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix -- original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form. Education Without Limits; Why Open Textbooks are the Way Forward.  YouTube. 26 Jan. 2011. Web. 13 Aug. 2017. 

Open Education North Carolina Collection


Open Text Books

Open Courses

Open Images

Open Audio