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Teaching and Learning Resources

OER Basics

According to Creative Commons, "OER are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities– retaining, remixing, revising, reusing and redistributing the resources."

"5 R's of Openness" by David Wiley is licenced under CC BY 4.0

Why Use OER?

  • OER have open licenses, meaning the license transparently informs instructors how and when the material can be used in online courses, adapted, and/or shared.
  • OER has been shown to increase student learning (source
  • OER is more flexible and able to be curated into learning management systems (LMS)
  • OER helps with student course material accessibility and affordability

For information about properly attributing OER in your online courses, please refer to Creative Commons' Best practices for attribution.