Open Educational Resources (OERs), are educational materials which are openly licensed and allow individuals and institutions to reuse, adapt and modify the materials for their own use. OERs might include textbooks but can also be entire courses, videos, exams, software, and any other materials or techniques that support learning.
The OER Foundation uses Creative Commons licences which are approved by the Free Cultural Works Definition. These licenses afford permissions to reuse and modify educational materials on condition that the original copyright owners are properly attributed. The OER Foundation uses the Creative Commons Attribution License or the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License for its OERs.
We recommend asking the following questions:
You might have other questions which are also important. Your Liaison Librarian can also help you with some of these questions.
Once you have chosen an Open Educational Resource you should check your links regularly to see that it is still available.
Something qualifies as an Open Educational Resource if you can:
Some examples of what you should be able to do with an OER:
Check your resource by reading any associated Creative Commons License and learning what rights you have in relation to the learning object.
Also see the OEL Toolkit, a joint project of Swinburne University and University of Tasmania.
You should also get into contact with your Liaison Librarian or the Information Officer (Copyright and Compliance) if you are considering remixing or creating new OERs.