On this "OER basics" page:
OER stands for "Open Educational Resources" and is linked to an educational movement that began 20+ years ago and has become a global educational movement. Faculty who use OER in their courses are using freely available, high-quality educational resources in order to bring textbook costs down for students.
"Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research."
The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. [...] OER can originate from colleges and universities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations such as publishers, or faculty or other individuals who develop educational resources they are willing to share."
Text source: "7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources" by EDUCAUSE
Are you unexpectedly adopting OER while transitioning your instruction online? This "Getting started with OER" webinar (56 mins.) is designed for beginners. Don't have an hour to watch the webinar? Explore the slides, linked below. This webinar covers:
In less than 2 minutes, watch this video produced in Washington state that explains the concept of OER and the 5 R's:
Are you considering incorporating open resources into your course to save students money and improve teaching and learning? Watch this 6-minute video for some tips for finding Open Educational Resources to build or add to your classes.