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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide explains what Open Educational Resources are and provides examples.


From: Open Education: A "Simple" Introduction, by  David Wiley, CC Attribution License

OER Movement and the 5Rs Framework

"Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the 5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  5. Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

(Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources


Authoring Open Textbooks
"This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools."

Open Pedagogy Notebook
"This website is designed to serve as a resource for educators interested in learning more about Open Pedagogy." From Internet Scout: "Educators engaged in open pedagogy, or interested in becoming more engaged in the process of bringing open educational resources (OER) to their classrooms, may want to explore the Open Pedagogy Notebook." 

Self-Publishing Guide
"The BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide is a reference for individuals or groups wanting to write and self-publish an open textbook."

Texas Learn OER
"Welcome to Texas Learn OER! Your learning includes a series of self-paced online learning modules. The first nine modules will serve as an introduction to open educational resources (OER) and as an opportunity for further exploration and discovery of open education practices. The tenth module serves as a final assessment of your learning."

The OER Starter Kit
Author: Abbey Elder - Iowa State University
"This starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER). The text is broken into five sections: Getting Started, Copyright, Finding OER, Teaching with OER, and Creating OER. Although some chapters contain more advanced content, the starter kit is primarily intended for users who are entirely new to Open Education. [Version 1.1. Revised September 5th, 2019.]"


Faculty Guide for Evaluating Open Education Resources (PDF)
Checklist with suggestions  on using OER by BCOER librarians.

Guidelines for Open Educational Resources in Higher Education
"The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies."