What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and, under some licenses, to re-mix, improve and redistribute.
Open Educational Resources include:
OER is a relatively new movement in education; educators and learners, as well as learning institutions, are driving its development. OER provides an alternative to the rising costs of education. For example, in some countries like South Africa, many educators and learners are tapping into OER as the only source for textbooks. OER provides an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.
Some educators are leveraging OER to get students more involved, using the OER process as a way to collaborate with them on content creation. This process brings students into a larger context of learning and sharing knowledge beyond the four walls of their classroom.
Flexibility is a key concept in OER. Materials can be adapted for your specific needs. Because these materials can be searched by a wide variety of criteria, you can quickly find what you specifically need.
First, find out more about Creative Commons (CC) Licensing. Because most of OER are under Creative Commons terms, understanding CC will help you to better use OER.
Second, identify yourself:
Third, visit the Recommended Readings tab to learn more about OER.