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Open Educational Resources (OER): Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER)

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Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that permit:

  1. Reuse
  2. Redistribution
  3. Retention
  4. Revision
  5. Remixing

OER can include material from the public domain, openly licensed materials or material made available for the above uses through the copyright owner's permission.

 -- Based on “The 5 R’s of Openness”
and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation definition.

image: CC BY Sunshine Connelly. Original image

"The real promise of OER is not just the free high-quality learning materials and textbooks. It's the process itself, how materials are created, used, adapted and improved that creates a whole new set of possibilities."

- Lisa Petrides, Ph.D Founder Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education

OER doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. Think of it as an opportunity to move toward affordable textbooks options. There are lots of ways to incorporate openly licensed materials into your curriculum without converting your entire course all at once or having to create all new material. Feel free to start as small as you want or GO BIG!  There are many resources and lots of support available:

SBCTC eLearning & Open Education supports and promotes Open Educational Resources policies and initiatives in the Community and Technical Colleges by managing and supporting projects and practices designed to increase access to open resources and eLearning tools for system faculty, staff and students.

Take a Free OER Course

"This is a 2-week online, asynchronous course and participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course. The purpose of this course is to provide information and experience in using open educational resources (OER) in your teaching practice. Discussions will cover the concept of OER and open licenses. Plenty of practice in locating and sharing open educational resources will be provided."

For more information, contact: Boyoung Chae (

To enroll, visit the link below.

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OER Resources

Pedagogy and Best Practices