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Open Educational Resources - Longview

FREE internet resources for students and faculty!

What are OER?

Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute. Open Educational Resources include:

  • Learning content: full courses, course material, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
  • Tools: software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and online learning communities.
  • Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.


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Why use OER?

Cost and accessibility are key factors when discussing OER and its usefulness.

How does the educational environment benefit from OER?

How do I use OER?

With OER, students and faculty alike are granted freedom to:

The 5Rs of Openness:

Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content
Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

What resources can I find in OER?

OER provide access to not only textbooks but also:

  • quizzes
  • reviews
  • interactive features
  • audiovisual materials
  • lectures
  • teaching tools
  • software 
  • lesson plans

OER include:

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