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Open Educational Resources (OER): Overview

OER in Context

Why OER Matter - introductory video (2:09 min). Attribution: Brendan Walsh, Wikimedia Commons

Why Open Matters and Impact Stories (from SPARC)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning and research  materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.” - UNESCO , Paris Declaration, 2012.

"Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide." - Open Education Consortium

OER Benefits: for instructors, students, institutions

Research on OER

OER Degrees

OER Defined

Open Educational Resources (OER) provide educators and learners with LEGAL PERMISSIONS to engage in the 5R activities: Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix. Redistribute










OER Benefits (3:11 min)

Open Source Stories (9:13 min)


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OER Impact Studies & Legislation