OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Faculty and students may think that “Open Educational Resources” (OER) equals “free textbooks.” While some OER are open textbooks, other types and formats of learning tools are OER as well. Here are a few examples of OER in different academic areas to spark your interest in how OER might improve the effectiveness and affordability of instructional materials for students. All these resources (and more!) can be found using the Curtis laws Wilson Libraries' Open Educational Resources Research Guide.
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 include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
For more information on The Hewlett Foundation's work with OERs, please click on the link.