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Adopting and Creating Open Educational Resources (OER)

What are OERs?


"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER can be full courses, course materials, lesson plans, open textbooks, learning objects, videos, games, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge." - SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

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.

UW Libraries Pressbooks Workshops

Interested in creating, adapting or remixing a digital book?  Sign up to attend an upcoming workshop and learn about UW Libraries Pressbooks, an easy-to-use e-book authoring platform that can be used to create open educational resources (such as open textbooks), monographs, white papers, course modules, how-to guides, and more. 

More information and RSVP here:

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Open Education Librarian

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Lauren Ray
Odegaard Undergraduate Library
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