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Selected Open Educational Resources
Open educational resources (OER) include readings, media, and other learning objects that are made freely available, or with some rights reserved by their creators. They are characterized by the "5 R's" described by opencontent.org:
- Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
- Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
- Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
- Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
- Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
Find Open Textbooks | BCcampus
"a list of open textbooks curated by BCcampus."
"... free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers."
SOL*R: A Repository of Freely Available Online Learning Resources
SOL*R allows BC public post-secondary educators to license, contribute, and access FREE online learning resources. It facilitates sharing, discovery, reuse, and remixing of a growing collection of content. SOL*R includes learning resources from a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Resources range from individual learning activities and tools, all the way to full programs.
OER materials by subject area, topic, grade level.
This search service helps you quickly find those authors and the work they have marked as free to use with only "some rights reserved." If you respect the rights they have reserved (which will be clearly marked, as you'll see) then you can use the work without having to contact them and ask. In some cases, you may even find work in the public domain -- that is, free for any use with "no rights reserved."
Wikimedia Commons is a repository of digital media, including images, video, and audio. Much of the content is in the public domain or has been uploaded under a Creative Commons licence. Be sure to view the terms of any applicable licence before you use the image.
A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Prepared by Neil Butcher for the Commonwealth of Learning & UNESCO
Open Content - A Practical Guide To Using Creative Commons Licences | Till Kreutzer, 2014
"...practical guidelines for the use and application of open content licences: How do open content licences work? How do I choose the most suitable licence for my individual needs? Where can I find open content online..."
Credits and CC Licensing
This guide as been used and adapted with permission from Dana McFarland, eResources Librarian from Vancouver Island University.