Open Educational Resources

What are open educational resources?

There has been a lot of discussion and presentations around open educational resources. Open educational resources (OER) are instructional resources created and shared in ways so that more people have access to them. That’s a different model than traditionally-copyrighted materials. This is what the William and Flora Hewett Foundation says about Open educational resources:

Open Educational Resources (OER) are high-quality, openly licensed, online educational materials that offer an extraordinary opportunity for people everywhere to share, use, and reuse knowledge. They also demonstrate great potential as a mechanism for instructional innovation as networks of teachers and learners share best practices.

OER defined:

OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

At the ATI 2014, Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, presented Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER (Download his presentation or watch his video here.)

At the ATI 2015, we continued to discuss and explore how OER are used, created and shared at the University System of NH and perhaps come up with our own recommendations and best practices!  Starting in 2016 the ATI has taken a more focused approach to Open Education including OER.