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Open Education Resources (OER)

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

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Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.

- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Where to Begin?

Where to Begin?


The OER Starter Kit

This starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER).
The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER.
Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to Open Education. [Version 1.1. Revised September 5th, 2019.]

Attribution License

Locating OER

There are three main sources for OER:

  • OER Publishers and Producers
    • Examples: OpenStax, Lumen, Saylor
  • OER Repositories
    • Examples: OERCommons, Merlot II, OrangeGrove
  • Public Domain Materials
    • Examples: Project Gutenberg, Government Documents

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources