What is OER?

Robot OER  by Annemazo  CC-0

Robot OER by Annemazo CC-0

Open educational resources (OER) refer to instructional materials that do not use a traditional copyright license.  Instead, these instructional materials—including textbooks, slideshows, activities, videos, and  others—reside in the public domain or use creative commons copyright licenses that provide users with the following permissions: 


the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)


the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)


the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)


the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)


the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend) (Wiley, n.d.)