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
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In order for a resource to qualify as an Open Educational Resources, users should be able to:
(This material is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at: http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3221)
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.
The ability to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute learning materials in a highly flexible and customizable way, has a number of tangible benefits for both students and instructors, including:
Benefits for Students
"The average cost of undergraduate textbooks and supplies is $200.00CAN per course. This cost increases on average at a cost of 6%-7% per year and sometimes more" (source: BCcampus Open Textbook Project).
Benefits for Instructors
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 by Ryerson University licensed under CC/BY 4.0.