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Open Educational Resources and Open Textbooks: Benefits of OER

Adopting and Creating Open Educational Resources (OER)

Why use Open Educational Resources?

OER, particularly open textbooks, save students money while empowering faculty by giving them more control over their course content.

The power of open educational resources comes from a set of permissions known as the "5 Rs of OER", which allows you to:

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. 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)
  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  5. 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)


These permissions are usually granted by the copyright holder of a work by licensing it under a Creative Commons license.

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