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Open Educational Resources

What is OER?

"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 5 R's: How OERs Work

A grid displaying the 5'Rs of Open by David Wiley. Each "R" appears in its own dark blue box on the left side of the grid. The specific permissions for each "R" are written out in corresponding gray boxes on the right side of the grid.

The 5 "Rs," or permissions, as outlined by David Wiley, enable creators to set the terms for how their work can be used by others. Pay attention to the permissions the creator has given for the work you want to use, which often are noted in the Creative Commons license (see the "Creative Commons" box for more information). And if you're considering making your work open, consider what permissions you want others to have. 

Source: Wiley, D. (2014, March 5). The access compromise and the 5th "R". Retrieved from

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