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Open Educational Resources: Overview

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.

~ From OER Commons


OERs include digital learning materials such as:

  • complete textbooks
  • full courses
  • modules
  • lectures
  • tests, quizzes, and homework assignments
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

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This guide is based on the Lansing Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER), created by Regina Gong