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OER: Open Educational Resources

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OER Logo hands reaching out of a book.
Mello, J. (2012, February 22). Global Open Educational Resources Logo - White background variation [Illustration] Wikimedia Commons.  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Global_Open_Educational_Resources_Logo_-_White_background_variation.svg 

Open Educational Resources:
are any resource used in learning, teaching, and research that are free, and legal, to use. More importantly: OER are free to students.

The Consortium of Community College Open Educational Resources defines OER as: 
“... educational materials that include permission for anyone to use, modify and share at no cost.”

 

People around the world with a book in center.  Open Educational Resources

 

UNESCO defines OER's as:
Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation defines OER as:
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.” 

The 5 R's of OER(s): retain, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute

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