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Open Access(OA) & OER: What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

No matter how easy it is to access and/or use a work, you still need to give credit to the author, through attribution or citation.
CC0 as close to releasing your content into the Public Domain as you can get, until content is no longer protected by Copyright Law.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are shared under an intellectual property license that enables others to use, revise, and share them freely.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

 "Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning objects (tutorials, syllabi, worksheets, interactive experiences, lesson plans, blogs, etc.) shared under an intellectual property license that enables others to reuse, revise, remix, retain, and redistribute them" (Wiley, 2014).

Ideally, Open Educational resources are:

  • An object used for teaching and learning
  • Shared under a license that enables others to reuse, revise, remix, retain, and redistribute
  • Shared in a format and with enough context for others to reasonably alter the object.

Since some states have invested in education, they have funded the creation of OER textbooks, which the rest of us depend on for providing Free Textbooks. The goal is to use open resources, get comfortable, then start creating and sharing your own open works. 

All together - this will Save Students $1 Billion

The textbooks are in repositories so that they remain available. When an updated version is available, a link from old material is provided to updated material.  It is essential to properly attribute and cite which work you are using for your class, so students use and cite the proper edition.

How others use OER:

The OERs - Open Educational Resources

What is OER?

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