Open Educational Resources (OER) are Open Access resources that are created for educational purposes by educators, students, tutors, and self-learners to use for teaching, learning, and research (1). These resources are freely and immediately available, and come in "in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others" (2). OER include textbooks, short readings, modules, lesson plans, artwork, videos, music, podcasts, and more (1).
You may decide that Open Educational Resources are best for your classroom or research. OER:
The following video, Open Educational Resources concept: What is an OER? by UNESCO, explains OER:
There are many reasons instructors might want to use OER (3):
Lower Educational Costs and Improve Access to Information:
Free and Legal to Use, Improve and Share:
Network and Collaborate with Peers:
(1) Cliton, V. (2019). Cost, Outcomes, Use, and Perceptions of Open Educational Resources in Psychology: A Narrative Review of the Literature
(2) UNESCO, Open Educational Resources
(3) University of Illinois's OER Guide
(4) The Review Project
Disclaimer: The information presented in this guide is intended for information purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice.