Open Educational Resources: OER Basics

Why do OERs matter

Case study: The practice of OERs

OER Introduction

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) 'are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them' (UNESCO 2017).
 
As per the 2018 NMC Horizon Report, the adoption of OER “presents the opportunity for instructors to rethink their pedagogies and for institutions to shape how teaching and learning is connected to the broader institutional strategy.” Furthermore, adopting OER is an alternative to contracting with commercial publishers, whose textbook costs are frequently passed down to students.

Categories of OER's

There are many examples of educational resources which are licensed as Open Educational Resources. Following these links to examples described in this guide:

Where to go for further information on OERs