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Cartoon style image with two columns. The first column reads "Open Educational Resources: textbooks, videos, courses, modules, tests, software, techniques, materials, tools used for Teaching Learning and research shared under Public Domain or Open License for Re-use. Image of a creative commons license. The second column reads: Education is Sharing, retain, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute. OER transforms acces and affordability. Students perform same or better learning.

"OER is Sharing" by Guilia Forsythe is licensed public domain

This guide will ideally support your ability to:

According to UNESCO,

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an intellectual property license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution."

Open Educational Resources (OER) can come in many forms, including curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks and supplemental materialsstreaming videosmultimediaassignments, and any other materials that have been designed for use in teaching and learning.

While there is a wealth of learning material available for free online, the open in OER integrates a community-minded model of free, where users can access, remix, add to, and legally distribute the material.

The Creative Commons has gathered a number of definitions of OER from different organizations.

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Jill Hallam-Miller
Bertrand Library
Research Help Area Rm 109
Phone: 570.577.2055
Text the Library @ 570-487-3898
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