Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions." (UNESCO, 2019).
OER is more than just free resources. OER materials provide everyone permission to engage in the following 5 R's:
Make, own, and control a copy of the resource
Use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly
Edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource
Combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something new
Share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, textbook costs increased 88% from 2006 to 2016.
Using Textbook Alternatives such as library resources, open access materials, and OER
can help students save money and potentially increase retention/completion.
Wilmington University Library. (2021, April). Open education resources (OER). https://libguides.wilmu.edu/OER
[Revised by M. Jones: July, 2020]