THING 16 – OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials (quizzes, lesson plans, textbooks, media, etc.) that are prepared by educators and made freely available on the internet through the public domain or Creative Commons licenses. They can also be freely redistributed, shared, adapted, repurposed and remixed by other educators as needed.
Why Open Educational Resources?
The OER movement arose out of the need to develop quality, affordable and accessible educational content as a viable solution to the unsustainable financial burden placed upon many students faced with relentless increases in the costs of textbooks.
Types of OERs and where to find them
The types of materials available can range from single worksheets and lesson plans through unit plans, textbooks and full semester/year long curricula. There are a number of services that serve as clearinghouses for OER material and provide searchable interfaces to help find appropriate material. Well known clearinghouses include: