What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
OER are teaching and learning materials that are freely available for everyone to use.
What licences are Open Educational Resources available under?
OER resources are licenced under Creative Commons (CC) licences. The great thing is that all CC licences allow works to be used for educational purposes. As a result, lecturers can freely copy, share and sometimes modify and remix a CC work without having to seek permission from the creator.
Why is it preferable for lecturers to use Open Educational Resources?
The current copyright licences and free use exceptions for educational use by lecturers are expensive, restrictive and complicated. Lecturers downloading, saving, printing or emailing pages from the internet will attract fees payable under the education statutory licence.
Where can I find Open Educational Resources?
There is an abundance of OER materials open for everyone to use and available on the Internet. However, the key is knowing where to find such materials. Some OER repositories are listed opposite.