2 About OER


One definition is:  “Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.“

(from OER Commons https://www.oercommons.org/about#about-open-educational-resources)

In short, OER can be defined as resources that are:

  • Freely accessible (open!!)
  • Open licensed (there are various licenses)
  • Resources for learning, teaching, research, etc.
  • Can be resources such as text, audio, video, and images (and are typically digital).

What are OER and how do they differ from traditional textbooks?  BCcampus has a good write up about this as below that is worth checking if interested.


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