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Open Educational Resources

Learn about Open Educational Resources


Welcome to the Open Educational Resources LibGuide!  In this guide, you will find information about the following:

Search for OER: Browse or search collections of open textbooks and course materials from other institutions and organizations

Creating and Modifying: Find resources to help you create your own OER and adapt existing OER to your needs, learn about best practices for creating accessible resources

Licensing: Find resources about Creative Commons, copyright, and licensing considerations for OER

Learn More: Discover OER research and professional development

Getting Started

What are Open Educational Resources?

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities."

What are the 5R's?

Retain – make, own, and control a copy of the resource

Reuse – use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly

Revise – edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource

Remix – combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something new

Redistribute – share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others

"Open Education" by Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Introduction to Open Educational Resources

This video by Abbey Elder, Iowa State University's Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian, provides a short introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER).

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