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Open Educational Resources (OER)

OERs are openly licensed materials that are useful for instructors and students. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, and other materials used to support access to knowledge.

Overview of Open Educational Resources (OER)

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others." from SPARC 

Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the “5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:

  • Retain: Users have the right to make, archive, and "own" copies of the content;
  • Reuse:  Content can be reused in its unaltered form;
  • Revise: Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered;
  • Remix: The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new;
  • Redistribute: Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.


FAQs about OER

A Review of the Effectiveness & Perceptions of Open Educational Resources As Compared to Textbooks, posted by Research Shorts is licensed CC-BY


OER Assistance

For assistance finding or designing a course around OER, contact the Instructional Design Librarian, Jocelyn Ireland.

Five ways to use OER in your class

SUNY OER Services' course on Identifying, Finding, and Adopting OER

Want to create your own OER or share a textbook you wrote? Visit the Open SUNY OER Services' website for assistance with publishing and sharing your work.