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Open Educational Resources

If you are looking to learn more about OER you are in the right place!


Hello and welcome to the research guide on Open Educational Resources (OER). Here you will find information about...
  • What is an OER

  • How to find OER

  • Evaluating OER

  • OER by Subject 

What is an Open Educational Resource?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines OERs as... 

"Teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." (Found on UNESCO)


The 5 Rs of OER

  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)

         This material was created by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at

OER come in various forms raging from textbooks to assessments and from education staring from early childhood to post secondary and beyond. These resources largely take the form of a textbook within higher education.  

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