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Open Educational Resources (OER)

The 5 Rs of OER


What are the 5 Rs?

OER are resources that are not only free to users, but they are licensed in a way that allow for modifying and transforming to suit anyone’s needs.

In order for a material to be considered OER, it must have the following 5 R activities and permissions:


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.

Licensed by CC BY 4.0 Created by Martha Greatrix.

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