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All about Open Educational Resources

What Does OER Mean?

A SUNY OER course/section provides students a cost effective alternative to traditional textbooks.

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 repurposing by others (from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation).

Video Playlist Introducing OER

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Education Resources

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission to:

  • Retain - users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse - content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise - content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix - original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute - copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form

OER include digital learning materials such as:

  • open textbooks
  • full courses
  • modules
  • syllabi
  • lectures
  • homework assignments
  • quizzes
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

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Creative Commons License
This guide was inspired by "Open Educational Resources at LCC" (Lansing Community College) created by Regina Gong, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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