OER: Open Educational Resources

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Defining Open

Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources:
The terms "open content" and "open educational resources" describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like "open source") that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

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

  • 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 (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup).

  • Redistribute - 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).
    This material was created by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/definition/.


Understanding Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open educational resources (OER) are any resources avail­able at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning ap­plications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools.  OER can originate from colleges and uni­versities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations.

Readings & Tutorials

Florida OER Summit 2019 Presentations

Florida OER Summit 2018 Presentations

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - Their mission is to expand access to education by promoting awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER).

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) -  The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for open, distance,  flexible and online education, including e-learning, and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals.

Japan Opencourseware Consortium (JOCW)(JP) - official site: history, members, events This is a consortium of Japanese universities which provide OCW contents and activities in Japan.

Open Course Library - A collection of high quality, free courses that you can download and use for teaching. All content is stored in Google Docs making it easy to access, browse and download. Managed by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges .   

Open Courseware Consortium - This consortium of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare looks to make impact on a global level.

Virginia Education Foundation - The mission of this non-profit organization is to bring curriculum and educational content resources to the students of Virginia. The manner in which this is accomplished will be to assess, fund and deploy materials and content held in creative commons.

School of Open  -  "Courses are powered by mentors and learners like you. Whether you are an individual volunteer or organizational representative, we invite you to create a course, run a workshop, or start a training program in your region. The School of Open is coordinated by P2PU and Creative Commons, a globally focused nonprofit dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright."