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What Are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are any teaching, learning, or research materials that are licensed to be freely used and often can be re-purposed by others, depending on licensing. OER can be entire courses or textbooks, research papers, course material, videos, software, tests, data, or any printed and digitial tools that might help educate.
Using OER can benefit students by significantly reducing the cost of education for students. They also allow instructors to customize their courses by selecting content rather than just taking what the publisher provides.
Open Education Fact Sheet
This fact sheet from the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) highlights some of the key things to know about open education resources.
Open Educational Resources (UNESCO)
This page from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has a variety of background information and resources related to global OER initiatives.
OhioLINK Affordable Learning Initiative
Affordable Learning Ohio is OhioLINK's series of initiatives to lower the cost of college for Ohio higher education students.
Why Open Educational Resources Matter
Keys to Using Open Educational Resources