Creating, Using and Sharing Open Educational Resources (2013)

This document provides an introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER), free learning resources available on the Internet.

The author explains that OER can be openly licensed or are in the public domain, and can be used or reused for free. They can exist in many formats, including either print or digital text; audio, video, multimedia or hypermedia; or various combinations of these. They can be based on a single learning point, a lesson, a series of lessons, a whole course, or an entire program of study. OER can reflect a specific learning methodology or any combination of methodologies.

The author explains the benefits of OER; provides examples of how educators can use these resources; offers tips for evaluating the content of OER; and discusses copyright issues.

The document is licensed under Creative Commons, an organization that has developed copyright licences allowing creators to specify which rights they reserve and which rights they waive with regard to the use of their work. It offers six types of licences that correspond with a range of objectives for creators, from allowing maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials, to imposing the most restrictive conditions.

This document is designated as CC-BY-SA, a licence that lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms.

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