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Open Education Resources: About OER

Getting Started

First, understand Creative Commons (CC) License. Because most of OER are under terms of Creative Commons, understanding CC will help you to use OER better.

If you an educator and want to find some teaching materials, such as syllabi, lecture notes, assignment, lab manuscript, lab reports, and so on, please go to the tab For Educators for the selected OER .

If you are a learner and want to find free or affordable textbooks and other course materials, please to the tab For Learners for the selected OER.

Last, join one of the movements to promote and advocate OER development. Please go to the tab Advocacy for  information about OER news, campaigns, grants, and training in the effective delpoyment of OERs.


This guide re-uses content  from guides from created by Kennasaw State University Libraries   and by UMass Amherst Libraries 

What are Open Educational Resources?

 What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute.

Open Educational Resources include:

  • Learning objects: courseware, course material, content modules, lesson plans, collections, and journals.
  • Tools: educational or instructional software  content and learning management systems, social communication technology for online learning communities.

OER is a relatively new movement in education; educators and learners as well as learning institutions are driving its development. OER provides an alternative to the rising costs of education. For example, in some countries like South Africa, many educators and learners are tapping into OER as the only source for textbooks. OER provides an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.  

Some educators are using OER as a way to get students more involved, using the OER process as a way to collaborate with  them on content creation. This process brings students into a larger context of learning and sharing knowledge beyond the four walls of their classroom.