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Open Educational Resources: Intro to OER

What should I know about OER?

Why do OER matter?

What are OER?

Defining the "Open" in Open Content
and Open Educational Resources

The terms "open content" and "open educational resources" describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like "open source") that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  5. Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)


What terms should I know?


OPEN- free to share; adapt or modify

FREE- free to access; not necessarily allowed to share, adapt or modify

FAIR USE- permits limited use of material for educational purposes without acquiring permission from the copyright holder

PUBLIC DOMAIN- works that are publicly available because intellectual property rights have expired or have been forfeited

PAY- faculty adopts a book from a traditional publisher; students pay for textbooks (physical or eBook)                                                



(from Broward College LibGuide by Simone Williams)