Open Educational Resources 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. OER 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 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
In order for a resource to qualify as an Open Educational Resources, users should be able to:
OERs are often published using Creative Commons licenses.These licenses are a simple, standardized way for anyone to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.
This guide has been created by the Queen's University Library and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license unless otherwise marked. Sections of this guide have been adapted from the Open Access Educational Resources Guide at Ryerson University and the eCampus Ontario Open Library.