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Open Educational Resources (OERs): What are OERs?


What are OERs?

Open Educational Resources or OERs are freely accessible resources that can be used to supplement (or even replace) traditional educational resources.

Some examples of OERs are:

  • Textbooks
  • Lecturer Slides
  • Podcasts
  • Online courses
  • Videos 
  • Quizzes

This guide will provide some basic information about how to use OERs, why to use them, and where to find them. 


Why use OERs?


How can I use OERs?

  1. Retain - make, own, and control a copy of the resource (e.g., download and keep your own copy)
  2. Revise - edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource (e.g., translate into another language)
  3. Remix - combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something new (e.g., make a mashup)
  4. Reuse - use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly (e.g., on a website, in a presentation, in a class)
  5. Redistribute - share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others (e.g., post a copy online or give one to a friend)

This material is an adaptation of Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources, which was originally written by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at 

Project Info

This guide has been developed as part of a Learning Enhancement Project Type 2 Initiative awarded to Celine Peignen, Deputy Librarian, AIT Library from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.