About Open Educational Resources
What are OER?
Wouldn’t it have been nice if that resource somehow said “I’m free to use, no strings attached, you don’t need to ask for my permission because it is already granted”?
Open educational resources are an answer to that need.
There are millions of educational resources out there that are available for others to freely use.
OER: A Definition
Open educational resources (OER) are educational materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others
(definition by Hewlett Foundation).
To put it another way, OER can be identified by the following:
- Format: materials in any medium, digital or otherwise
- Conditions: that either
- reside in the public domain or
- have been released under an open license,
- Nature: permit free use and re-purposing by others.
An essential component of OER is the user's active engagement with materials. This process involves:
- using and adapting others’ materials for your own use;
- sharing back modifications to or comments about others’ materials so that future users can benefit;
- and, sharing materials that you have created, either individually or in groups with other teachers and/or learners.
Examples of OER