Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials that are in the public domain or have a license that permits anyone on the internet to freely use, edit, and distribute those resources.
"Open Educational Resources 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 repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."
-William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
OERs are available in different formats:
Instructors are legally allowed to engage in the 5R activities:
Five R's via:
Have you seen the cost of textbooks lately? Students often pay $100-$300 per class for books that will become outdated before they can be resold. OERs significantly decrease the cost of textbooks per student, often charging nothing for online textbooks and less than $40 for print copies. This also allows students to have access to textbooks and learning materials from the first day of class. Since many OERs can be edited, instructors can tailor the texts to fit the syllabus.
Adopting an OER course is a fairly easy process, which includes identifying your needs, finding the perfect textbook, and evaluating the textbook. While this guide features some basic information about OER and adoptions, other guides have been created with much more in-depth information.