"Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others". 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. (2019). What are Open Educational Resources?
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).
“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
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.