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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials that are in the public domain or published under open licences (such as Creative Commons) that specify how they can be used, reused, adapted and shared. OERs can include textbooks, curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and software.

Benefits of OERs

OERs provide a range of benefits for both students and educators. They can:

  • Provide opportunities for collaboration and innovation: OERs are born digital and can be adapted and tailored to suit your course without the constraints applied to traditionally created (and copyrighted) materials. 
  • Improve student success and retention: By reducing cost and access barriers, OERs can ensure that every student in your course has flexible and timely access to course materials. Several studies have shown that OERs can bolster student success.
  • Align with BOLD Learning and Teaching Practices: Fully customisable OERs allow you to tailor materials to closely align with your course learning outcomes and the specific needs of your students.
  • Reduce education costs for students: One of the most compelling reasons to use OERs is their low cost.