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.
– Hewlett Foundation
This infographic shows how the difference between works in public domain, works with open licenses, and works that are All Rights Reserved.
The most common open license applied to open resources are Creative Commons licenses. What are Creative Commons licenses?
Where can I find open educational resources?
Here are some good places to start looking for OER:
- Google Advanced Search – OER files
- Creative Commons Search – OER files
- Wikimedia Commons – OER files
- Flickr Creative Commons – OER photos
- Pixabay – CC0 photos
- YouTube (using Creative Commons filter) – OER videos
- Internet Archive – OER files
- Khan Academy YouTube videos – OER videos
- CollegeOpenTextbooks – Open textbooks
- OpenStax – Open textbooks
- BCcampus OpenEd – Open textbooks
- Saylor.Org Academy – Open courses/textbooks
- Merlot – OER files
- MIT OpenCourseWare – OER course materials