Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are freely available on the Internet. Many times they are also free of most licensing and copyright restrictions, allowing them to be copied, re-used, and shared. Sometimes they can also be revised and changed to suit different teaching and learning situations. OER range from entire courses to open textbooks, games, lesson plans, assessment tools, lecture notes, etc.
Although you can apply the 5R principles for most OER, some do have unique restrictions. Checking for a Creative Commons license is often worthwhile, as they are very common for OER. Creative Commons licenses allow creators to choose a set of limitations on the use of their resources.
There are 6 types of Creative Commons (CC) licenses:
Details about each type of license are available through the Creative Commons website.
As with any information resource, it is advisable to evaluate the quality of OER.
One system of OER evaluation criteria comes from BCcampus OpenEd Resources (BCOER).
View our list of open educational resources to find open books and textbooks for your courses.