What are Open Educational Resources?

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."
Source: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 

Some examples:

  • Open Textbooks: Open textbooks are openly licensed and available in a variety of digital formats with the option to print. Open textbooks provide creators and adaptors with the ability to reuse, remix, and redistribute the material in order to customize or tailor it to their courses.
  • OpenCourseWare: An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality university‐level educational materials.  These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet. 
  • MOOCs: A massive open online course(MOOC) is an online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs).
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