Using Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources?

Open educational resources (OERs) are freely available online for anyone to use.  Most creators share their OERs under Creative Commons Licenses, or similar licenses. These licenses let the creator keep copyright ownership while letting users copy, distribute, or remix the OERs for their own purpose. So OERs are both free to share and free to re-use.

What are some examples of OERs?

OERs range widely in purpose and type. Common examples of OERs include:
  • Textbooks
  • Syllabi
  • Lectures
  • Learning activities
  • Assignments
  • Tests or quizzes


To see some examples in your subject area, check out Finding OERs for Your Class.

Why choose OERs?

The Benefits to Using OERs:

  • Zero cost – OERs are free to access and reuse
  • High impact – OERs are available worldwide
  • Less duplication of effort – No need to write your textbook on the same subject
  • Customization –You can mix, match, and customize OERs to the needs of your class
  • Up-to-date content – OERs can be easily revised as new information arises