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Open Educational Resources (OER)

What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium
that reside in the public domain and have been released under an open license that permits access, use,
repurposing, reuse and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions (Atkins, Brown & Hammond, 2007).

OER are not just textbooks.  Examples include case studies, assignments, assessment tools,
software, simulations, videos, workshops, lab manuals, test banks.

Searching for OER?

Try Merlot to get started locating open educational resources. MERLOT consists of tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder webpages, together with associated comments, all intended to enhance the teaching experience. All of these items have been contributed by the MERLOT member community who have either authored the materials themselves or who have discovered the materials and wished to share these materials with others in the teaching and learning community.
NOTE: About 7% of Merlot materials do NOT have a Creative Commons license.

Why use OER