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Open Educational Resources (OER) Guide: Intro to OER

Provides an overview of Open Educational Resources. Derived from UNCG's Open Educational Resources Libguide:

"Open Educational Resources 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. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." -William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

OER can be any type of material or resource used for teaching available in the pubic domain that is free to use and/or alter.

OER include many types of resources in different media and formats:

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  • course lessons/syllabi
  • course materials
  • modules
  • student guides
  • teaching notes
  • textbooks
  • research articles
  • videos
  • assessment tools and instruments
  • simulations
  • role plays
  • databases
  • software
  • apps


Wikipedia defines OpenCourseWare (OCW) as "course lessons created at universities and published gratis via the Internet". In OCW the reference is to course and programs rather than on single resources.


Open Access usually refers to scholarly peer-reviewed digital journal literature (research articles), but it is sometimes also used to refer to digital books and thesis. In alternative, it refers to access to education which is free and open to all.


The resources used in Brevard College's Open Education Resources pages are released under Creative Commons Licenses.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

It is derived from UNCG's Open Educational Resources Libguide:

Need more information about Creative Commons? Here is a basic Guide.

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