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Open Educational Resources

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


"OER are 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 and re-purposing by others."

-The William and Flora Hewitt Foundation

Open Educational Resources include:

  • Full courses 
  • Course materials
  • Lesson plans
  • Textbooks
  • Modules
  • Tests and quizzes
  • Streaming videos          

Creative Commons Licensing

Creative Commons Licenses are granted by the copyright-holder of a work and give users specific permissions to use, copy, and adapt it to their own purposes. OER creators assign CC licenses to their work in order to share it with other faculty and students. Creative Commons licenses make OER possible!

Click here to learn more about CC licensing.

Myths about OER

Do you have some reservations about using OER? Check out this OER mythbusting guide by SPARC.