Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, or research resources that are offered freely to users in at least one form and that either reside in the public domain or have been released under an open copyright license that allows for its free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with attribution. Generally, copyright permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. “Open” permissions are typically defined in terms of the “5R’s”: users are free to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute these educational materials.
Information adapted from Why Open Education by SPARC.
Instructors interested in using OER can choose to Adopt, Adapt, or Create.
Adopt: Locate a preexisting OER and use it as is in a course.
Adapt: Locate one or more preexisting OER, combine or remix the content for your local context, and use in a course.
Create: Author a completely new resource, assign it an open license, and make it available to use in a course.