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Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials, digital or physical, that range from individual lessons to textbooks to whole courses and curricula that are free to use and access. They may include text, images, animation, audio & video or a combination.
OER materials are either in the Public Domain or have copyright permissions that enable you to revise, redistribute or remix the content without seeking permission. Many OERs are copyrighted but have a Creative Commons license attached that enable you to distribute, reuse or modify the materials, as long as you credit the creator of the original OER. This means you can often adapt, modify or remix new materials into an OER that you adopt, and that your students can keep the text.
Not all free or low cost learning materials are OERs. The ability to revise, remix, and redistribute is central to OER materials. Other free materials, like those licensed by the library or available freely online, does not allow for you to revise, remix, or redistribute. Materials that are free or low cost but have copyright restrictions can be considered affordable learning materials.
Affordable Learning Initiatives look to reduce costs for students by using low-cost or no-cost resources instead of commercial textbooks. The scope of material used may include OERs but also may include the following: