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What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
Key characteristics of an OER
- Authorship. Originate from colleges and universities, libraries, organizations, faculty or other individuals.
- Formats. Typically, in digital format, including multimedia formats.
- Platforms. No platform restraints.
- Ownership. Either reside in the public domain or are released under an open license.
- Conditions. Permit free use and re-purposing by others.
Typical OER models
- Individual OER. Created as individual components and stored in OER repositories (e.g., in the OER Commons )
- Open textbooks. Compiled as textbooks (e.g., a collection of open textbooks in OpenStax)
- OpenCourseWare (OCW). Organized as online courses (e.g., MIT OpenCourseWare).
- Peer-productions. Produced by groups of individuals (e.g., Wikipedia)
Types of OER
- syllabi and lesson plans
- learning modules
- teaching techniques
- writing prompts
- group activities
- audio and video recordings
- software applications
- any other material used for educational purposes