This guide is intended to help faculty and students at Lane Community College learn about OER, re-purpose existing content, and create new resources to share. OER includes free textbooks, online tutorials, and open media that is free of cost or low cost.
Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under various licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute. They include:
Content - textbooks, full courses, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
Tools - software to support the use, creation, delivery, and modification of open learning content including searching and organization of content, learning management systems, development tools, and online learning communities.
Implementation resources - intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.
OER is a relatively new movement in education to address issues of affordability, distributed authorship, fair use and copyright. OER provides an alternative to the rising costs of textbooks, and an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.