Open Educational Resources (OER) are instructional materials that are fully accessible and reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.
Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge
This is the DOERS3 definition of OER, adapted from the Hewlett Foundation definition of OER. It is reused here thanks to a Creative Commons-Attribution license.
The terms "open content" and "open educational resources" describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like "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.
The 5R Activities:
Creators often use Creative Commons licenses to clearly define what is and is not allowed.
This explanation was created by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/definition/.
Open Educational Resources can be a great tool for you and for students, but there are so many out there!
Your librarians are happy to help you in searching for Open Educational Resources (and other learning resources that you can use legally). Reach out to them (email@example.com) if you would like assistance with:
For background information on Open Educational Resources or for ideas on using open resources, please visit our guide on Open Educational Resources:
You can get started with searching for OER and DRM-free library ebooks using Faculty Select: