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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are openly licensed documents and media that can be used for teaching or research purposes. It is the centerpiece of many initiatives aimed at reducing or eliminating the costs of textbooks and instructional materials. It is useful for MOOCs, distance learning, and hybrid classrooms. There is no single standard format for OER materials and many organizations are experimenting instructional design. Because OER is open source and shared, many groups are collaborating and contributing to create textbooks and media.

Jisc Open Educational Resources Guide

Explaining open educational resources (OERs) and surrounding issues for senior managers, learning technologists, technical staff and educators interested in releasing OERs to the education community.

Edutopia  Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

 An educator's guide to open educational resources for information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks.

UNESCO Open Educational Resources

News about UNESCO and  efforts to bring OER to a global audience


Openstax is an OER repository of resources and media for teaching.


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