This guide will direct you toward resources on the web where you can locate Open Educational Resources. Using OERs in your classes will provide students with high quality learning tools and texts at little or no cost.
"Open Educational Resources (OER) are high-quality, openly licensed, online educational materials that offer an extraordinary opportunity for people everywhere to share, use, and reuse knowledge. They also demonstrate great potential as a mechanism for instructional innovation as networks of teachers and learners share best practices." - The Hewlett Foundation
According to the Open Education Handbook OER need to meet the "5Rs Framework." This framework outlines that resources are free, and that users have the legal right to:
OERs are not just textbooks, other common resources include:
OER are free and legal to reuse, improve, adapt, and share:
Redefine the "traditional" classroom: