OPEN EDUCATION RESOURCES – 0ER

Open educational resources are materials for teaching or learning that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed, or shared with others.

William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

At Hewlett, we use the term “open education” to encompass the myriad of learning resources, teaching practices and education policies that use the flexibility of OER to provide learners with high quality educational experiences. Creative Commons defines OER as teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities– retaining, remixing, revising, reusing and redistributing the resources." [1]
 

OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development)

"digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students, and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning, and research. OER includes learning content, software tools to develop, use, and distribute content, and implementation resources such as open licenses."

 

UNESCO

"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."
 

The Cape Town Open Education Declaration

"[O]pen educational resources should be freely shared through open licenses which facilitate use, revision, translation, improvement and sharing by anyone. Resources should be published in formats that facilitate both use and editing, and that accommodate a diversity of technical platforms. Whenever possible, they should also be available in formats that are accessible to people with disabilities and people who do not yet have access to the Internet."
 

The Wikieducator OER Handbook

"The term "Open Educational Resource(s)" (OER) refers to educational resources (lesson plans, quizzes, syllabi, instructional modules, simulations, etc.) that are freely available for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing."
 

OER Commons

"Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared."

 

Source: University of West Florida Library. https://www.uwf.edu
 


Stone- Robinson Library lists some popular open access (free) resources:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks - Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks

Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for you to enjoy.
 

Alabama Virtual Library  – https://www.avl.lib.al.us The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers and residents of the State of Alabama with 24/7 online access to premier library and information.


Digital Public Library of America – https://dp.la


Khan Academy Free Online Courses, Lessons and Practice tests, include High School, College and Life Skills – https://www.khanacademy.org


Open Library – https://openlibrary.org - The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world


Saylor Academic Open Textbooks – https://www.saylor.org/books - Want more resources for your classroom?

Saylor Academy’s courses are built from curated OER and are openly-licensed for reuse — you can adopt and adapt our materials to meet your needs.


National Academies Press – https://www.nap.edu - Unlike some of the open textbook initiatives these books are publicly available but not openly licensed.  You can link to the content, and even link directly to specific pages.  However, you cannot remix and redistribute the content.


The Directory of Open Access Books – https://www.doabooks.org- This site is a clearinghouse of links to books hosted in various locations, and includes a large selection of international textbooks.


GALILEO – Open Learning Content – https://oer.galileo.esg.edu - GALILEO Open Learning Materials brings together open educational resources throughout the University System of Georgia, including open textbooks and ancillary material. Each document is classified by its Creative Commons license. You are allowed to reuse, redistribute, revise, remix, and retain these documents with particular restrictions.

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