"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." (Hewlett Foundation)
The open license of OER is important because it allows you to use materials in more ways than simply reading them. The "5 Rs of OER" illustrates those expanded rights:
Retain OER content indefinitely
Reuse OER as it exists currently
Revise OER by modifying it to fit the needs of your courses
Remix OER by combining open sources
Redistribute OER to students and colleagues
Read more about how open rights work on the Copyright & Creative Commons page of this guide.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are adoptable -- you can use existing textbooks, lab materials, teaching notes, and more.
OER are adaptable -- you can customize them for your course or teaching style.
OER can be all digital or printed, or offered in both formats as you/your students prefer. They can even be interactive and incorporate graded quizzes or multimedia materials.
OER can be integrated into Blackboard courses.
OER can lower barriers to and minimize costs of course materials for students.
OER can be retained forever so students don't lose access when their textbook rental ends or they sell their book on the resale market.
There are a number of related campus initiatives that use the word "open." SUNY Oneonta has a robust Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative that is running parallel to the College’s push towards Open Access to scholarship. A common question is: “What is the difference between Open Access and OER?”
SUNY Oneonta’s Open Access policy is a "rights retention policy." Campus authors retain copyright of their works, and allow post-peer review article drafts to be shared in an open access repository. The open access policy does not require authors to license content it in a way that would allow for others to reuse or build on their work.
Open Educational Resources
Tables adapted Differentiating Between Open Access and Open Educational Resources by Anita Walz which was shared with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.