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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

What are OERs?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials in the public domain. They are published under open licenses (i.e., Creative Commons) that specify how they can be used, reused, adapted, shared, or modified. They can include textbooks, lecture notes, syllabuses, assignments, and tests.

Creating Your Own OERs

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Creating OERs & Combining Licenses

Note. From Creating OER and Combining Licenses - Full, by Orange Grove Repository, , YouTube ( CC BY.

Open Teaching Materials

See these sites for free, open-access teaching materials.

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Understanding Open Educational Resources
Understanding Open Educational ResourcesInfographic explaining how OERs can reduce the cost of higher education by saving students the price of textbooks.image/svg+xmlUNDERSTANDING OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCESThe price of textbooks rose by 88%between 2006 and 2016.1Open Educational Resources (OER) help lower the cost of a college education.20062016OER involves teaching, learning and researchmaterials that make use of appropriate tools, such as open licensing, to permit their free reuse, continuous improvement and repurposing by othersfor educational purposes.2Open Educational ResourcesINCREASE ACCESSto textbooks and learning materials and REDUCE COSTSfor students and institutions.OERMaterialsare designed to be free for students.Developmentencourages creativity and collaboration.Resourcescan often be revised and redistributed.Usageleads to greater student success.3EXAMPLES OF OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCESfFree textbooks, developed and published with a Creative Commons licensefOnline resources paid for by universities with grant fundingfTeaching, learning and research materials available through online platforms such as OERCommons, Libretexts, and PressbooksEDUfTo learn more about OER, visit the Online Consortium of Oklahoma at ocolearnok.org1. Miao et al., 2019, p. 93.