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.)

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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