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Open Access Week: Open Educational Resources

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

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. 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)
  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)

Credits and CC Licensing

This guide as been used and adapted with permission from Dana McFarland, eResources Librarian from Vancouver Island University.
This guide is licensed under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence.