"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)
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:
These permissions are usually granted by the copyright holder of a work by licensing it under a Creative Commons license.
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: https://tinyurl.com/uwpressbooks