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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for free use and repurposing by others. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OER include textbooks, courseware, teaching activities and lesson plans, learning assessments, videos, and other interactive learning materials. 

OERs empower educators and learners by:

  • Providing equitable access to diverse learning materials. All students have access to materials on the first day of class.
  • Promoting academic freedom by allowing materials to be designed for institutional and learning needs. Creatively rethinking materials for a course rather than rethinking a course around the standard, expensive textbooks.
  • Reducing or eliminating course material costs.

Image from Making Open Educational Resources: A Guide for Students by Students licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0
  • Retain: make, own, and control your copies of the content
  • Reuse: use the resource in a variety of ways, as it currently exists
  • Revise: adapt, modify, and improve the resource to fit your needs
  • Remix: combine two or more OERs to create a content mashup
  • Redistribute: share the original, revised, or remixed OERs



OER Services Librarian

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Myra Waddell
Subjects: Computer Science