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Open Educational Resources Subject Guide: Getting Started

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

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Open Educational Resources are 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. - William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


There are three main sources for OER:

1) OER Publishers and Producers

ā€‹Examples: OpenStax, Lumen, Saylor

2) OER Repositoriesā€‹

Examples: OERCommons, Merlot II, OrangeGrove

3) Public Domain Materials

ā€‹Examples: Project Gutenberg, Government Documents