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Open Educational Resources: Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources?

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research.
  • The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes.
  • OER typically refers to electronics resources, including those in multimedia formats, and such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons or similar license that supports open or nearly open use of the content.
  • OER can originate from colleges and universities, libraries, archival organizations, government agencies, commercial organizations such as publishers, or faculty or other individuals who develop educational resources they are willing to share. 

What are the benefits of Open Educational Resources?

  1. Saves costs for students.
  2. Helps preparation of courses and retention of knowledge after the course.
  3. Share best practices internationally.
  4. Social responsibility-IT provides education to all.
  5. Raises the standards of education by gathering more contributors.
  6. More access to more quality choices.

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Resources for Students

Mason OER Search

You can also use the George Mason OER Metafinder to search in real-time.

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Multimedia OERs



Educational Resources & Courseware

OASIS Search

You can quickly search OASIS, the Openly Available Sources Integrated Search, from SUNY.

OASIS has collected over 155,000 records from 52 different sources. The sources include the usual textbooks and course materials, but it also indexes audiobooks, interactive simulations, and podcasts.

Open Access Journals