You may have heard the term “OER,” and wondered - what exactly does it mean?
OER refers to any educational content that is free and openly-licensed.
Free – No cost to students and no exorbitant textbook prices.
Openly-licensed – When something is openly-licensed, it means that the author/creator has made their work available for others to use and share, typically through a Creative Commons license. (See the Understanding Licensing tab for more).
Why OER?This type of "open" sharing is a new model, different than what is allowed under traditional copyright.
OER has the potential to lower the cost of education, by offering free course materials.