• Additional Resources on Open Education Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources are discrete pieces of information that can be repurposed whenever they may be needed; learning objects by any other name. In their “Review of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement,” The William and Flora Hewitt Foundation define OERs as:

“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 or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”

Where can I learn more about Open Educational Resources?

You may want to start by checking out the Center for Education Research and Innovation’s publication “Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources.”

You may want to start by checking out the Center for Education Research and Innovation’s publication “.”

UMass Amherst also offers a helpful “Quick Guide” to OERs

Other great resources include:

“7 Things you should know about Open Educational Resources”by EDUCAUSE

“Models of Open Educational Resources” by EDUCAUSE


Where can I find examples of Open Educational Resources?

UMass Amherst has collected a variety of resources that help instructors locate open education resources. 

MERLOT offers examples of peer-reviewed online teaching and learning materials.

MIT premiered it's Open Courseware Project  in 2001. Some courses make lecture notes available, while in others you might be able to see assignments and solutions, projects and examples, or multimedia content.

You may also want to investigate Connexions , a site out of Rice University that makes available modules for free use. The only requirement is that you cite a Creative Commons on the material if you use it. The Connexions, "About Us" page gives a great explanation of the notion of educational modularity.


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