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Open Educational Resources (OER) at CLC: What are OER?

Help us Celebrate OpenEd Week - March 4-8, 2024

What is OER?

Any educational resources that are typically:

  1. Free to access online
  2. Low cost to get a print copy
  3. Licensed by the author/creator with rights that are less restrictive than copyright (i.e. all rights reserved). This license typically includes the right of any user to copy (digitally) & print the text as well as the right to adapt it as desired for use in a course.

What is NOT OER

  • Any eBook (unless it is free)
  • Any website (unless it has a Creative Commons License)
  • Articles from a library database (the student tuition pays for access)


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. Adapted from the OER guide from the University of Illinois.

Why use OER?

What does OER mean?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

--Creative Commons

Why is OER important?

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