Open Educational Resources (OER)
4. What are Open Educational Resources?
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) provides this definition of OER.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.
OER are not open source and in the public domain and free to use; they are not all rights reserved copyright; they do not rely on fair dealing. OER are openly licensed with "some rights reserved." Rights to openness are given to the user based on the wishes of the author.