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A University of Lethbridge Library guide to copyright-free educational resources

Open Access

For more information on Open Access, please visit our Open Access Guide.

OER at the U of L

Open Course Resources

What are OERs

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost. Unlike fixed, copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

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But what IS it??

An OER can take the form of:

  • an open textbook
  • an open tutorial
  • an open educational video
  • an open quiz
  • an open syllabus

....and more. The key word is open - something made freely available by the creator for others to reuse.

What should you be looking for?

  • has this OER been peer reviewed
  • how is this OER licensed
  • are there clear instructions for using the OER
  • is the OER accessible 
  • has this OER been properly maintained

(thanks to Temple University Libraries for the list of resources & evaluation questions)

Make sure you check your links regularly to see that the resource has stayed put!

More information on OERs

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