Open education


Open education resources "are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by other ..."

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Examples of OER material

  • Course materials
  • Lesson plans
  • Modules or lessons
  • Open courseware (OCW)
  • Open textbooks
  • Videos
  • Images
  • Tests
  • Software
  • Any other tools, materials or techniques used to support ready access to knowledge

Characteristics of OER

Generally accepted to be:
  • Digital
  • Easily modified
  • Free distribution
has an Open License that allows others to:
  • Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute
at a low cost
  • which reduces the barriers to education


Most of the contents from this section were adapted from Goldberg, E.J. and LaMagna, M. (2012). Open Education Resources in Higher Education: A Guide to Online Resources. C&RL News