About Open Education

Open Educational Practices are teaching techniques that draw upon open technologies and high-quality Open Educational Resources (OER) in order to facilitate collaborative and flexible learning.

Why Open Education Matters

Why Open Education Matters

Creating OER and Combining Licenses

Creating OER and Combining Licenses - Full

Recorded Webinar: Finding Open Media for Foreign Language Instruction

Finding Open Media for Foreign Language Instruction

OER: Digital Materials for Today’s Knowledge Ecology

Open Educational Resources (OER): Digital Materials for Today’s Knowledge Ecology

Why Open Education Matters
Creating OER and Combining Licenses
Recorded Webinar: Finding Open Media for Foreign Language Instruction
OER: Digital Materials for Today’s Knowledge Ecology

 

About Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone and available under a license that allows users to use, remix, improve and redistribute.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students. For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.  - OER Commons

Examples of OER:

  • Learning content: full courses, course materials, 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 on-line learning communities.
  • Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

Benefits of Creating and Using OER

  • improving student performance and satisfaction
  • increasing access to educational materials for a wider range of learners, predominantly those underserved by traditional educational opportunities
  • encouraging educators to engage in critical reflection of educational resources
  • helping students, districts, and educational institutions save money 
  • attracting informal learners 
  • serving as a gateway from informal learning to formal educational programs

For current research on the benefits of using OER, visit the OER Research Hub.