Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are online materials that have been published with the intent that others can share them.

They have been defined as:

‘… teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.’

(UNESCO, n.d.)

To use OERs you need to know about Creative Commons licences, which make clear exactly what permissions and conditions apply to using the shared resources.

Creative Commons licences