Open Education Resources: Home

A curated list of open education resources. The guide also contains information about licences and copyright as it pertains to open education resources.

What are OERs?

"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation."

UNESCO. (2017). What are Open Educational Resources? 

What must I be able to do to be an OER?

In order to be considered “open,” a resource needs to be free AND give the user the freedom to do the 5 R’s.

5Rs image by David Wiley, Lumen Learning, licensed under CC BY 4.0

Further reading on OER basics

Butcher, N. (2015) A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) Vancouver, Canada: Commonwealth of Learning.

Educause (2018) 7 Things You Should Know about Open Educational Resources United States: Author.

Jhangiani, R. S., & Biswas-Diener, R. (Eds.). (2017). Open. The philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science. Ubiquity Press.

Hilton III, J. (Ed.). (2017). Special Issue: Outcomes of Openness: Empirical Reports on the Implementation of OER. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, Vol 18, No 4 (2017).

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What forms do OERs take?

UN Declaration of Rights

“Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.” - Article 26

Ara and OERu

On July 3, 2019, Otago Polytechnic and Ara Institute of Canterbury launched a national Centre for Open Education Practice to promote, research, and develop open educational resources and practices for the benefit of all New Zealand learners in the post-secondary sector. You can read more about the OERu here.  

oeru core