Open Educational Resources (OER)

4. What are Open Educational Resources?

  Click the PLAY button in this gadget to hear the section read aloud. Re-click to pause/resume playback.


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.