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Open Educational Resources: Getting Started w/ OER

Designed to introduce OER initiatives, explain Creative Commons licensing and OER, and to help you get started searching for OERs for teaching and learning.

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (n.d) define Open Educational Resources as:

Teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.  Open educational resources include full courses, course material, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. (n.d).  Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from

General OER Information

  • Reuse  - Use the content in its unaltered form
  • Revise - Adapt, adjust, modify, improve, or alter the content
  • Remix - Combine the original or revised content with other OER to create something new
  • Redistribute - Share copies of the original content, revisions, or remixes with others
  • Retain - Keep access to the materials after the learning event
  • Reduce resource costs for your students
  • Engage with other educators 
  • Build partnerships across institutions
  • Share learning and teaching experience
  • Enhance the quality of educational resources
  • Provide real-life experiences for your learners
  • And many, many more!

Maryland OER Summit 2018

Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T.) Initiative