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Guide to Open Educational Resources

What are OERs?


There is no one, standard definition of Open Educational Resources (OER).  EDUCAUSE defines OER's as, "Open Educational Resources (OER) are any resources available at little or not cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virutually any other material that can be used for educational purposes" (EDUCAUSE. May 27, 2010. 7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources.



The Movement for OER 

To provide students with easy access to educational materials that are low cost or free to the student.  "Open Educational Resources (OER) offer opportunities for systemic change in teaching and learning content through engaging educators in new participatory processes and effective technologies for engaging with learning. In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared" (OER Commons & Open Education,   


OER Experience at Other Institutions

Student views on Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

Student Report on Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

This report presents the findings of a study commissioned by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS)/NUS Services. Explores students' views on learning methods and the use of OER's in educational practice.


OER Consortium Projects

OER at Harvard, MIT

Guides for OER Use

Open Educational Resources - Explanation of Educational Trend

Open Courseware Consortium




   Open Curriculum


   The School of Open


   Making Sense of OERs


   WCET Resources