Open Educational Resources (OER)
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For questions:
Barbara Soots
OER and Instructional Materials Program Manager


Open Educational Resources

OER 101

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available that can be downloaded, edited and shared to better serve all students. OER include all kinds of content such as textbooks, lesson plans, assignments, games, and other educational materials. They can be produced in any medium: paper-based text, video, audio, or computer-based multimedia.

OER= Free + Permissions - Retain; Reuse; Remix;Revise; Redistribute

Frequently Asked Questons

OER Talking Points - A document designed to help presenters introduce OER to general audiences. PDF | Word

OER Key Considerations for Districts - A detailed document written for district superintendents, assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, and technology directors who are investigating the implementation/adoption of OER. PDF | Word

    Password: OER (video). Second prize winner of the "Why Open Education Matters" contest sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Education.

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO):
OER Stories, Policies, and Resources | Featured State - Washington
OER Playlist on YouTube

State Educational Technology Directors’ Association:
OER in Actionn
Guide to Quality Instructional Materials

Online course - How to Use OER. This self-paced online course from Open Washington – State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, walks you through techniques to incorporate Open Educational Resources (OER) into your teaching practice. Though some examples are directed towards a higher ed audience, there is great information here.

Providing Attribution and Open Licensing:
Learn more about openly licensing resources and providing proper attribution in the Open Licensing Policy section.




Icons from OER Guidance for Schools, commissioned by Leicester City Council, produced by Björn Haßler, Helen Neo and Josie Fraser. Available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.


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