Open Educational Resources

 Use this guide to explore OER.


The Basics

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation defines open educational resources (OER) as "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

Basically, Open Educational Resources or OERs are any information which is openly available, widely accessible, and usable or modifiable under the terms of copyright licensing.

To understand where this idea came from and its global impact, Nick Shockey (SPARC) and Jonathan Eisen (UC Davis) explain nicely the history and story behind OER.

"7 Things You Should Know about OER" will give you more detail and depth in understanding just what this whole Open Access movement is all about. Or just watch David Wiley's (BYU) TEDxTalk on Open Access in Education.



Find OER

Now it is time to start looking at what's out there in OER-land and find something fits your course design. To help you get started, here's a Step-by-Step worksheet to guide you along the way. 

Make sure to take a minute and see what open education materials colleagues around the state are already using on the Open Oregon Resources page. Connect and explore the resources here.OpenOregon

Ready, Set, Go Find OER!


 What?! You say that you are ready to adopt an open access textbook?!  That is excellent news.  Record your amazing work and student cost savings! 


 Finally, make sure that you understand and are in compliance with copyright. 

When in doubt, ask a librarian.