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Copyright Resources: Open Educational Resources (OER)

Copyright resources for the Fordham University community.

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.

"7 Things You Should Know About Open Education: Content" via EDUCAUSE.

The Five Rs of Open Education


Image credit: ILCCO OER Subcommittee

The 5 R’s of Open Education*:

  1. Retain the right to create, own, and control copies of the content;
  2. Reuse the content in a wide range of ways;
  3. Revise, adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself;
  4. Remix and/or combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new;
  5. 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

Public domain licenses sorted from most open (top) to least open (bottom).

Image credit: Range of OER licenses by Cable Green et al is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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.)

Open Textbooks

Research Assignments

Images & Open Access Digital Collections

Circulation & Reserve Departments

Circulation & Reserve Departments
Fordham University Libraries

Walsh Library  ♦  Rose Hill Campus  ♦  718-817-5109  ♦  718-817-3578
Quinn Library  ♦  Lincoln Center Campus  ♦  212-636-6062  ♦  212-636-6061
Fordham Westchester Library  ♦  Fordham Westchester Campus  ♦  914-367-3060  ♦  914-367-3061   ♦   ♦