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Faculty Library Resources: What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
OERs consist of any type of educational resource that is free for teachers and students to reuse and share. They include things like:
lectures (audio or video) and lecture notes
tests and quizes
games and activities
Four R's of OER
The four R's are often used to describe OERs, because they can be:
Reused - used verbatim, exactly the way you found it
Revised - updated, or translated to other languages
Remixed - combined with existing things to produce something new
Redistributed - shared with others
Why are OER's unique?
OER authors retain few, if any, ownership rights. This means you can do anything you want with it. Materials often have a Creative Commons or GNU licenses (for software) that state specifically how items can be used.