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Open Educational Resources (OER)

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

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 – as in, 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.


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, offering free course materials. 


ZTC at CityTech - OER makes possible "ZTC" or Zero Textbook Cost courses. 

Open Textbooks - SUNY - Open content developed at SUNY, and freely available for use. 

Introductory Readings

A Faculty Perspective on OER - Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani describes his experiences as an early adopter of OER textbooks. 

Open Pedagogy Notebook - For those interested in the intersections between "open" and teaching, this site explores the emerging questions and discussions about OER/OA in practice. 


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