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OER – Open Education Resources

Open educational resources(OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.

The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.

Most OER materials are released under an open license or reside in the public domain.  The difference between the public domain items and the open license items is shown below.

Public versus Open


OER Licenses

There are a variety of license types that you can assign to open license resources. You can see the most common creative licenses types and an explanation for each in the diagram below. Notice that only the first 5 are considered OER licenses.

Creative Commons Licenses


Where to find OER materials

There are many websites that offer access to OER materials including complete courses, textbooks, lesson plans, videos and other media items. There are links below to many commonly used OER sites (in alphabetical order) for all courses and subjects.

CK-12
College Open Textbooks 
Curriki
EngageNY
Khan Academy
Knovation
Merlot II
MIT Open Courseware Online Textbooks
OER Commons
Open Course Library
OpenEd
Open Education Consortium
Open Learning Initiative
Open Physical Education Network
Open Stax CNX
Open Stax College
Open Textbook Library
Open Textbook Store
Saylor.org
Teach Astronomy
The Orange Grove