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Open Education

What are Open Educational Resources?

Teaching, learning and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, and use the five R’s

Why OER?

Organizational Benefits 

  • Promotes innovation
  • Increases faculty engagement and development opportunities
  • Contributes to collaborative working relationships                              

Faculty Benefits

  • Gives departments/faculty control over textbook content, not the publishers, giving more pedagogical freedom
  • Able to customize existing materials to improve content for localized teaching context
  • Can lead to better student outcomes and class retention rates
  •  Faculty can encourage student engagement by facilitating their participation in OER development

Student Benefits

  • Low or no cost to students with no expensive fees to access the materials
  • Provides students with access to course materials from the first day of classes
  • Helps ensure that all students with access to the internet have equal access to the textbook
  • Can be tailored to students' learning needs making education more accessible to students
  • Students can keep copies of OER materials
  • Students can print, cut, paste any parts of OER and share them with friends.


Adapted from Why OER?, a chapter from Open Educational Resources: Basics & Beyond, which is written by Oklahoma Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE) Member Volunteers and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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This work by Shanna Hart is licensed under CC BY 4.0