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Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching and learning materials which have been made freely available for use and adaptation. OERs are not just textbooks - they can also be videos, images, lesson plans, worksheets, assessments, courses, software, and more.
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What about Open Access? Is this the same thing?
Not quite. Open Access (OA) generally refers to scholarly outputs which are made freely available, allowing any user to read, download, copy or distribute, without financial, legal or technical barriers (AOASG).
OERs on the other hand generally refer to teaching and learning materials which are made freely available (with an open licence, of course).
However, they often go hand-in-hand because students will need to access journal articles, and current research in their field, to complete their studies.
There’s more information about Open Access on the USC Open Access Library Guide. If you’re interested in Open Access publishing, contact your Liaison Librarian or Rebecca Cooke, Coordinator, Research Collections.
If you’d like to know more about OERs or need some help finding the right OERs for your course, contact your Liaison Librarian.