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Open Education Resources

 

Open Educational Resources (OER)

The Internet and digital technologies are transforming how people access educational opportunities. Educational resources are no longer static and scarce, but adaptable and widely available, allowing educational institutions, teachers, and learners to participate actively in a global exchange of knowledge via OER.

  • OER are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.
  • OER may freely be used, remixed, and redistributed without charge.
  • OER often have a Creative Commons licence that states specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

Creative Commons licences:

  • Help creators to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make use of their work
  • Ensure licensors get the credit for their work they deserve
  • Serve as the baseline, on top of which licensors can choose to grant additional permissions when deciding how they want their work to be used.