Congress defines OER as:
“(6) OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE — The term ‘open educational resource’ means a teaching, learning, or research resource that is offered freely to users in at least one form and that resides in the public domain or has been released under an open copyright license that allows for its free use, reuse, modification, and sharing with attribution.”
OER consist of educational materials such as open access textbooks, websites, documents, modules, and courses that can be legally and freely used. All OER are openly licensed, which allows you to download and adapt these materials. Open licensing also allows you to create your own OER and then share these materials with others for them to reuse, revise, and redistribute.
Watch this helpful video from Iowa State University for more information about OER and why they are important.
Attribution: “An Introduction to Open Educational Resources” by Abbey Elder is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 International license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/