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Open educational resources (OER)

Find, create and evaluate OER materials, available to legally and freely copy, such as ebooks, images, audio, video and software. Understand copyright and Creative Commons (CC) licences.

What are open educational resources?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials that are licensed in ways that allow us to legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs include courses, textbooks, assignments, tests, projects, software, audio, video and animation.

Source: UNESCO and Open Education Resource Foundation

Image credit: Jonathasmello, Global Open Educational Resources LogoCC BY 3.0

Why have open educational resources?

OERs provide access to all kinds of resources for the educational benefit of people from all backgrounds in our global community.

OERs allow for:

  • free and legal access to high quality content
  • adaptation to suit your student's situation
  • the increased usage of your resource due to the removal of barriers to access

Organisations that provide guidance on OERs include:

In this guide

  • Using, creating or sharing resources, including Creative Commons and Copyright
  • Finding open educational resources - ebooks and etextbooks, open journals, images, audio, video, software 
  • MOOCs and courses - finding MOOC platforms or open courses on particular topics

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