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What Are OER?
Open educational resources are textbooks, syllabi, online modules and any other educational resources that are freely available for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing. According to David Wiley, OER "describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms such as 'open source') that is either (1) in the public domain or (2) licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:
- Retain: the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
- 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)
- Revise: the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
- Remix: the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
- 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)"
The following are the major OER producers and searchable repositories of already created OER that you can use in your courses. Searching for OER can sometimes be a daunting task. Please reach out to your library liaison for your program to help with incorporating OER and other free or low-cost resources into your course.