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Open Educational Resources: What is an OER?

This guide is designed to assist faculty in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Open Educational Resources

The SPARC Definition of OER

“The foundation of Open Education is Open Educational Resources (OER), which are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. “Open” permissions are typically defined in terms of the “5R’s”: users are free to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute these educational materials.” - SPARC

 

 

The 5R Permissions

There are a lot of things out there that are free, but that does not make them OER. Free does not equal open. To be considered OER, the material must have an open license. Open licenses enable what are called the 5R permissions:

License

Creative Commons License
Getting Started with OER by Jillian Maynard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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