Open Education Resources

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. Unlike fixed, copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

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We can import or organize your OER

Product Features:

  • Full university courses

    Full university courses

    complete with readings, videos of lectures, homework assignments

  • Interactive mini-lessons

    Interactive mini-lessons

    and simulations about a specific topic, such as math or physics

  • Adaptations


    of existing open work and lecture notes

  • Electronic textbooks

    Electronic textbooks

    that are peer-reviewed and frequently updated

  • Lesson plans

    Lesson plans

    Elementary school and high school (K-12) lesson plans, worksheets, and activities that are aligned with state standards

Why USE OER Commons

The hours (and days) spent scouring the Internet for educational resources is time that could be spent teaching and learning. OER Commons helps educators, students, and lifelong learners avoid time-consuming searches and find exactly the right materials, with a single point of access from which they can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Common's growing collection of 50,000 high-quality OER.

And the Open Education Movement is not just about cost savings and easy access; it’s about participation and co-creation. Teachers, students, and learning institutions are driving the development of OER. Diving into OER Commons is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with other teachers and learners, at the forefront of a new educational era.

OER Training

New technology takes time to learn. We can help. We offer personalized OER Hubs (link), OER Leadership Training Programs (link), and Subscription Services (link). To learn how our OER Team can help your organization leverage OER, contact our services specialist: Dan Gwaltney