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Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons license that states specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

Open educational resources may include:

  • textbooks
  • course materials, e.g. handouts, activities, etc.
  • streaming videos
  • modules
  • tests or other learning assessments
  • full courses
  • software
  • other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge

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