Open Educational Resources (OERs)
Open educational resources
- liberally licensed stuff for use in education
- teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others (Hewlett definition)
- freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes (Wikipedia)
Open Educational Resources meet the “4Rs Framework,” meaning that users have free access and all of the legal rights necessary to:
- Reuse: Content can be used in its unaltered form;
- Revise: Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered;
- Remix: The 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.
- Jisc InfoKit provides an excellent introductory guide (What are open educational resources? Jisc InfoKit).
Types of OER
By level of interactivity with users:
By content format:
- Text led
- Video led
- Animation led
- Multiple media
Useful OER resources/handbooks
Benefits of OER for an educator
The reusage of existing OERs helps you to:
- free up time
- expand your range of teaching materials
- find additional sources for students
- encourage students to refer to and cite teaching materials
- encourage students to be educators and start experimenting with learning and teaching materials.
The creation of own OERs helps you to:
- raise your profile
- improve the quality of your materials by collaborative work
- improve your practice by encouraging you to reflect
- find people interested in and teaching/learning the same areas as you.
- look outside your immediate environment and get broader and different views on topic areas.
- learn new stuff which will reinvigorate your teaching.