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What is an Open Educational Resource or OER?
Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or that have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others. OER confer significant dollar savings while also giving learners ready access to a wide range of high-quality, highly flexible educational materials. Open content offers faculty a means to customize curriculum to better align with learner needs and interests and to collaborate in new ways with peers worldwide.
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The Five Rs of Open Education
Image credit: ILCCO OER Subcommittee
The 5 R’s of Open Education*:
- Retain the right to create, own, and control copies of the content;
- Reuse the content in a wide range of ways;
- Revise, adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself;
- Remix and/or combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new;
- Redistribute and share copies of the original content, the revisions, or the remixes with others.
* Always be sure to check the license the content is offered under and follow usage and citation practices accordingly.
Understanding Licenses & Adapting OER
Finding Open Educational Resources
The section contains a selection of repositories and websites for finding different types of OER and/or open access materials.
A Range of OER Materials (textbooks, courseware, syllabi, modules, etc.)
A project of the California State University System, this platform provides discovery of OER and other free resources ranging from K-12 to graduate & professional level content including textbooks, courses & modules, syllabi, digital collections, DH projects, simulations, and more.
Search tool enabling discovery of college-level open textbooks, course materials, simulations, learning modules, videos, podcasts, and more developed by SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library.
Enables searching of OER content ranging from K-12 to higher education & adult learning resources managed by ISKME, a global nonprofit organization. Includes textbooks, courseware, activities, simulations, and more.
Open Textbook Library
Provides access to 800+ textbooks developed for use in higher education. Supported by the Open Textbook Network and the Center for Open Education at the University of Minnesota.
A textbook collection from BCcampus, a publicly funded Canadian organization dedicated to higher education in British Columbia.
Openly licensed, peer reviewed textbook collection from Rice University.
Images & Open Access Digital Collections
Fordham University Libraries Digital Collections
Digitized images, manuscripts, newspapers, oral histories and more from Fordham's Archives and Special Collections.
Creative Commons Search
Searches various websites and digital collections holding images licensed under Creative Commons.
New York Public Library Digital Collections
Explore thousands of digitized items from The New York Public Library's collections including prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Provides access to digitized photographs, manuscripts, maps, films, audio recordings, newspapers, and more.
Smithsonian Open Access
Offers access to millions of images and data across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.
Open Access at the Met
Contains thousands of images of artworks from The Met collection to use, share, and remix.
Additional Open Access Resources
A listing of selected open access databases.
Open Government Resources
A listing of selected open government databases.
Ask Your Library Liaison
There are countless open digital collections for teaching and research offering primary sources or other materials available reuse. Ask your library liaison for advice with locating open collections that meet your disciplinary needs.
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