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Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides information about Open (and alternative) Educational Resources, including open textbooks, and where to find them.

Find Open Educational Resources with OASIS

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier.

OASIS currently searches open content from 91 different sources and contains 365,241 records.

What does the term OER mean?

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

They include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."  - Hewlett Foundation

 

The terms "open content" and "open educational resources" describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like "open source") that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  5. Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

This material was created by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at opencontent.org .

OER Textbook Collections

Additional Repositories (Many formats, subjects, licenses)

The Library, Limerick Institute of Technology