Our class uses an Open Education Resources (OER) site in replacement of the textbook. The Faculty Guide on Open Education Resources (OER) at Brooklyn College points the worldwide OER movement is rooted in the human right to access high-quality education. This shift in educational practice is not just about cost savings and easy access to openly licensed content; it’s about participation and co-creation. What differentiates OERs from other instructional resources is you’re allowed to:
- Retain: Keep access to the materials after the learning event.
- Reuse: Use the content in its unaltered form.
- Revise: Adapt, adjust, modify, improve, or alter the content.
- Remix: Combine original or revised content with other OER to create something new.
- Redistribute: Share copies of original content, revisions or remixes with others.
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, learning objects, tests, syllabi, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge.