OER Resources

What are Open Educational Resources?

In its simplest form, the concept of Open Educational Resources (OER) describes any educational resources (including curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, multimedia applications, podcasts, and any other materials that have been designed for use in teaching and learning) that are openly available for use by educators and students, without an accompanying need to pay royalties or licence fees.

OER has emerged as a concept with great potential to support educational transformation. While its educational value lies in the idea of using resources as an integral method of communication of curriculum in educational courses (i.e. resource-based learning), its transformative power lies in the ease with which such resources, when digitized, can be shared via the Internet. Importantly, there is only one key differentiator between an OER and any other educational resource: its licence. Thus, an OER is simply an educational resource that incorporates a licence that facilitates reuse, and potentially adaptation, without first requesting permission from the copyright holder.

A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

The purpose of this book is to provide readers with a quick and user-friendly introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and some of the

Guidelines for Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Education

Open educational resources (OER) are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared. These Guidelines outline key issues

Open Educational Resources in the Commonwealth 2021

The report is the outcome of a study on the status of OER in the Commonwealth conducted in late 2021.

Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice

This book, initiated by the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER, is one in a series of publications by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) examining OER.

Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs and Transformation

Open Educational Resources (OER) — teaching, learning and research materials that their owners make free for others to use, revise and share — offer

Short course: Understanding Open Educational Resources (OER)

This is a short course on open educational resources (OER) that provides an overview and de-mystifies concepts related to copyrights and Creative Commons licences.

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER)

Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER) adopted on 25 November 2019.