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Open Educational Resources

A guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) and services.

Why Use OER?

The 5 R permissions

Open Educational Resources are published under open copyright licenses that empower teachers and learners to engage in the following activities:

Retain: the right to make, own, and control copies of the content. 

Reuse: 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).

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

Remix: the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new. 

Redistribute: the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others. 

Why Use OER? 

The cost of college textbooks has risen at more than 300% the rate of U.S. inflation since 1977, with a 90% increase over the past decade alone. Due at least in part to these rising costs, students increasingly report not purchasing textbooks due to high costs, a trend which is widely recognized to negatively impact student learning outcomes.

OER can...

Save students money

Give instructors the freedom to customize their course materials

Create opportunities for open, learner-centered pedagogy

Be shared with teachers and learners around the world

The Textbook Affordability Crisis


Content from this guide has been adapted from the following University LibGuides and OER related websites/blogs and is published here under a CC-BY license:

  1. Open Ed Evangelist 
  2. Iowa State University Libguide
  3. Open Content

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