Open Educational Resources (OER) can be any type of educational material— a class handout, an image, even a textbook, or an online course. OERs use open copyright licenses such as Creative Commons that allow for different degrees of openness and allow users, like faculty and students, to engage in one or more of the 5Rs:
This material is adapted from David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at http://opencontent.org/definition/.
Adapted from Why OER?, a chapter from Open Educational Resources: Basics & Beyond, which is written by Oklahoma Council for Online Learning Excellence (COLE) Member Volunteers and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Open Educational Resources: A Primer by Jennifer Jordan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.