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Open Educational Resources: Overview

This guide is designed to assist in the exploration, identification, evaluation, selection, and adoption of Open Educational Resources


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What are Open Educational Resources?

"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others." 
- The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 

Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the "5Rs Framework" meaning that users are free to:

  • Retain: Users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content 
  • Reuse: Content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise: Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix: Original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute: Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised, or remixed form

Open Educational Resources May Include:

  • Full Courses
  • Course Materials
  • Modules
  • Software
  • Streaming Videos
  • Tests
  • Textbooks

Learn more from Iowa State University's Library about OER

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