Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning resources that are licensed in a way that allows anyone to freely use and re-purpose them. In addition to lowering student course material costs, OER provide an opportunity for instructors to customize content for their courses. Examples of OER include textbooks, syllabi, lectures, learning activities, assignments, and tests or quizzes (To see some examples in your subject area, check out Finding OER).
This guide is intended to help users find and create OER. For a "deeper dive" into OER, please see the library's self-paced course, "Owls Learn OER," on Canvas (restricted to Rice users). The modules are also publicly available as a pdf.
Interested in learning more about how you can find, adopt, or create open educational resources? Contact Fondren’s Digital Scholarship Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Educational Resources are different from other types of learning materials because of the five ways they permit users to reuse the works ("5 Rs"):
These permissions are granted in advance and are legally established through the public domain or with a Creative Commons license.