Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that allow others to use, distribute, keep, or make changes to them through permissions granted by their creator.
OER have an open copyright license (such as one from Creative Commons), or they are part of the public domain and have no copyright. Depending on the license, OER can be freely used and/or revised and shared with your students.
OER are openly-licensed, freely available educational resources that can be modified and redistributed by users.
|Material Type||Openly Licensed||Freely Available||Modifiable|
|Internet resources with no paywall||No||Yes||No|
|Subscription-based Library collections||No||Yes*||No|
|Open Access articles & monographs||Yes||Yes||No**|
*Library materials are free for students and faculty to access but are not free for the University. If you would like to use existing library collections in your course, please check with a librarian to make sure the number of users licensed for the library resource is adequate for the class. The library occasionally purchases one copy of an e-book, but does not typically license multiple copies. Library materials use must also fall within Fair Use.
**Open Access resources focus on the free distribution of scholarship, not its adaptation. The Library provides support for Open Access publishing.
The term “open” in “open educational resources” describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is characterized by other words like “open source”) that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities: