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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO)


"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)


"Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared." (OER Commons)

“The OERs: Open Educational Resources” by intheacademia is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Why OER?” by The Council of Chief State School Officers is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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This guide was originally published by Rachel Statham during her time as Librarian at Lenoir-Rhyne's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville under a CC BY 4.0 license. Some elements have been borrowed with attribution given--please be aware of the content's original creator and credit properly.