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Open Educational Resources (OER) 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 (https://en.unesco.org/themes/building-knowledge-societies/oer)
Suitable for instructors, students, self-learners
Free online resources
They may be reused and/or customized
They often use Creative Commons copyright licenses
Creative Commons LicensesCreative Commons Licenses provide a way for authors to provide users of their content with the legal permissions to use that content in specific in pre-approved ways under copyright law
6 creative commons license types ; 5Rs in common: Retain Revise, Reuse, Remix, Redistribute
CCZero – creators have given up their copyright
https://creativecommons.org/about/cclicenses/ you apply a CC license or CC0 to your work. CC BY 4.0 license.
OER Rights and Privileges
Rights and Privileges of UseCreative Commons Licenses provide a way for authors to provide users of their content with the legal permissions to use that content in specific in pre-approved ways under copyright law
Textbooks, lesson plans, lesson modules, lecture notes and slides, syllabi, assignments, podcasts and videos, training materials. Includes resources across all disciplines with use ratings to guide you.
The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, mulitimedia, and more
One of OER's leading proponents is OpenStax, a nonprofit corporation based out of Rice University. OpenStax has created peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks, which are available in free digital formats and for a low-cost in print. Searchable via oercommons
Achieve has collaborated with educators, state leaders and other organizations to produce two systems for appraising the quality of instructional materials, the Open Educational Resource (OER) Rubrics and the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubrics. This guide has been developed to help educators who are interested in determining the quality of instructional materials.