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OER Basics

What are Open Educational Resources?

What are OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.
- OER Commons


Why use OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER):

  • Lower the cost of higher education and save students money.
  • Find new ideas, activities and resources created by instructors from around the country.
  • Provide resources that are peer reviewed and frequently updated.

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