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Open Education Resources (OER)

Print friendly Modified November 10, 2011

The Internet and digital technologies have transformed how people learn. Educational resources are no longer static and scarce, but adaptable and widely available, allowing educational institutions, teachers, and learners to actively participate in a global exchange of knowledge via Open Educational Resources (OER). – Creative Commons

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are instructional materials that are freely available for use, reuse, remixing, adapting, and sharing. A wide variety of free, high quality instructional content is available including stand-alone resources that can be mixed and combined to form larger instructional modules or full courses.

What Does Open Mean?
Open educational resources are usually licensed with Creative Commons licenses that grant users specific rights for reuse, remixing, and distributing content.

Where to Find OER?
The following OER projects provide a starting point for access to a wide range of open instructional resources and further information about finding and using OER.

Repositories for Open Educational Resources

OER Commons
A network for teaching and learning materials providing a single point of access through which educators and learners can search across collections to access over 24,000 items.

Wikimedia Commons
A database of 10,292,996 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.

Search by Creative Commons
Convenient access to a variety of resources offering openly licensed materials.

Khan Academy
Over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.

Wiki Educator
A website that provides free eLearning content that anyone can edit and use.

MIT OpenCourseware
A free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT.

OpenCourseWare Consortium
A free and open digital publication of high quality university?level educational materials organized as courses.

Merlot
A free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.

The Orange Grove
A online library of openly available instructional resources for Florida’s educators.

OER Handbook for Educators – Find
A chapter in the book, OER Handbook for Educators, with links to a variety of OER sites and repositories.

Free to Learn
An Open Educational Resources Policy Development Guidebook for Community College Governance Officials.