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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation. 

(UNESCO, 2017)​

What are Open Educational Resources?

(Source: James Cook University, 2019).​  Click here to download the OER video transcript. 

OERs are particularly beneficial to both students and educators within the Higher Education/VET sector because they;

  • increase transnational and cross-institutional collaboration;
  • enable the sharing of knowledge;
  • save time and duplication;
  • contribute to new pedagogical practices, and
  • increase access to education.

Why use OERs at Federation?

  • BOLD strategy alignment: Resources are born digital and can be used without the constraints applied to traditionally created (and copyrighted) materials
  • Efficiency: No need to start from scratch if a similar resource already exists 
  • Cost-effectiveness: OERs are (mostly) free to use, and they have been shown to reduce barriers for first in family students (Salem, 2017)
  • Opportunities for collaboration and innovation in teaching
  • Student retention: Evidence that using OER aids retention through reduced costs and increased flexibility of the use and delivery of resources (McBride, 2015).