What Are OER a.k.a Open Educational Resources?

What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are any resources print or non-print available at little or no cost that can be used to support teaching and learning. The term can include, but is not limited to, textbooks, course readings, multimedia resources, simulations, games, quizzes, assessment tools, and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes.

The use of Open Educational Resources has many benefits.  With most OER’s being offered in digital formats they can be accessed anywhere and at any time.  They can be updated regularly.  These resources allow for flexibility and choice in teaching and learning.  OER’s come in many shapes and sizes.  An OER can be as simple as a chart, graph, picture, video clip or an entire book or unit.  A couple of examples of OER’s are Flex Books offered by CK12 and the video tutorials by Kahn Academy.

The future development and use of OER’s can change the way teachers deliver content and students consume information.

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