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Open Educational Resources (OER): Overview

Learn how to find and use open education resource (OER) materials in teaching and learning.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

How to locate and use OER materials in teaching and learning

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Education Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) 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 others."  

From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for every one to:

  • Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse -- content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix -- original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

OER include digital learning materials such as:

  • open textbooks
  • full courses
  • modules
  • syllabi
  • lectures
  • homework assignments
  • quizzes
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

More OER Information

Director of Library Services

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Tiffanie Wick

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Western Colorado is a proud recipient of the Colorado OER Grant for the fifth year in a row! Your Leslie J. Savage Library will be hosting an OER open house and workshops throughout the fall and spring 2023-24. Watch for more information and opportunities to participate coming your way. 

For more information about higher education institutions in Colorado are doing with OER visit the CDHE OER site. 


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Lansing Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Regina Gong is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Adapted by Tiffanie Wick, Western Colorado University, 2023.

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