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. OER also gives educators an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.
Some educators are using OER as a way 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 exactly what you need.
First, familiarize yourself with the Creative Commons (CC) License. Because most of OER are under terms of Creative Commons, understanding CC will help you to use OER better.
Second, select the section that best applies to you.