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What Are Open Educational Resources?

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,


"UNESCO believes that universal access to high quality education is key to the building of peace, sustainable social and economic development, and intercultural dialogue. Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a strategic opportunity to improve the quality of education as well as facilitate policy dialogue, knowledge sharing and capacity building."

Videos on OER

  • Education is Sharing
    "Dr. David Wiley is Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organization dedicated to increasing student success, reinvigorating pedagogy, and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources by schools, community and state colleges, and universities. He is also currently the Education Fellow at Creative Commons and adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University's graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology, where he leads the Open Education Group (and was previously a tenured Associate Professor)."
  • OER Introduction
    This video was created by Blink Tower (Cape Town, South Africa) for a 2012 video competition ( to explain why OER Matters. Accessed from YouTube ( July 27, 2015.
  • What (on earth) are “OPEN” educational resources?

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER)

"The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is a joint effort by individual community colleges, regional and statewide consortia, the Open Courseware Consortium,  the American Association for Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, and many other educational partners to develop and use open educational resources,  open textbooks, and open courseware to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning."

The CCCOER mission is to expand access to education by promoting awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER).  Over 250 colleges have joined the Consortium and many more participate in their activities and use resources on the website.



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