So what exactly is OER (Open Educational Resources)?

“OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that 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 includes full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge”

(http://www.hewlett.org/programs/education-program/open-educational-resources).
OERs are also broadly considered to meet the “5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:
  • Retain:

    Users have the right to make, archive, and “own” copies of the content;

  • Reuse:

    Content can be reused in its unaltered form;

  • Revise:

    Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered;

  • Remix:

    The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new;

  • Redistribute:

    Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form (http://www.sparc.arl.org/issues/open-education).

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