Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open educational resources (OER) are educational materials—text, audio, video, images, and more—that are in the public domain or shared at no cost with an open license, such as a Creative Commons license. Depending on the license, OER can be copied, revised, remixed, adapted, and shared. OER comes in many forms, including syllabi, curricula, lecture notes, quizzes and exams, animation, and even entire textbooks (digital and hardcopy). While the benefits of OER are available to all learners and educators, OER draws heavily on the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
For more information about OER, please visit the Boise State OER Group.
Are you in a hurry?
- “7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources,” is part of the 7 Things Series from EDUCAUSE.
- LibGuide to OER at the Albertsons Library explains what Open Educational Resources are and provides numerous examples, including collections and open textbooks.
- Creative Commons can give an introduction on free, easy-to-use copyright licenses and provides a simple, standardized way to manage public permissions when sharing creative works.
- Boise State OER Group is available to field questions, explore best practices in Open Pedagogy, and assist you in finding out the latest in OER at Boise State University. You can simply email your questions to email@example.com.