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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others. UNESCO Recommendation on OER (2019)


What can you do with OER?

  • Retain: download & save
  • Revise: reuse with adjustment
  • Remix: reorder, make a mashup
  • Reuse: use original, revised or remixed copy
  • Redistribute: share, repost

​See a more detailed overview at 5 R's framework by David Wiley

Examples of OER: openly licensed textbooks, articles, curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video, animation,
MOOCs, e-modules, courseware, etc.

Using OER in Your Courses:

OER are becoming more prominent in higher education. They facilitate a quicker transition to online teaching, help educators reuse and create innovative learner-centered materials, improve access to education, and save resources. This video introduces the topic of OER, explores their practical application in courses, and encourages teachers to use them with the support available at the UG Library.

Except where otherwise noted, this video "Open Educational Resources" by Myroslava Zhuk is licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license. The music in this video is "Background Chill Corporate" by Volodymyr Piddubnyk at Storyblocks, available under the royalty-free license agreement.

Would you like to learn more about OER?

Contact us at and explore the accompanying slides with additional information on OER in the slide notes.​

OER Repositories

Community of Online Research Assignments (CORA) 
For teachers and librarians. Contains resources/assignments dealing with finding, retrieving, analyzing, evaluating, using, integrating, or organizing information in order to produce new knowledge. Also includes assignments on literature reviews and fake news.

Large repository of individual teachers' content – contains some courses and modular writings about a variety of topics.

Learning objects and lessons from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Contains a large collection of peer-evaluated websites.


Open Books and Textbooks

OpenStax College
Contains peer reviewed, quality open textbooks with interactive components. There are some amazing textbooks available here, with more in production.

College Open Textbooks
This effort, funded by the Hewlett Foundation, seeks to drive adoption of open textbooks. Many of the books shared on this resources are reviewed.

Open Textbook Library
Hundreds of complete, open, college-level textbooks collected by the University of Minnesota.


Open MOOCs / Open Courses

The University of Groningen also creates MOOCs, and has partnered with FutureLearn to share them on their platform.

Academic Earth
Lectures and videos from some of the most respected instructors in the world.

Bridge to Success
Materials, mostly study skills, to support students transitioning to college.

Large library of MOOCs, some of which have material freely licensed for re-use.

Library of college-level courses from a variety of high-profile universities. Some course materials are freely licensed for reuse.


News and events

Workshop: Redesign, enrich and transform your course with open educational resources

Would you like to try new and interesting things in your teaching? Do you need some inspiration, practical tools and support with redesigning your courses, making them more open and up-to-date?

On 16 June 2022, information specialists from the UG Library and didactic experts from ESI will host an in-person workshop focused on helping teachers redesign and enrich their courses with open materials. You can register for the workshop here.

You can check out the recording of the previous online version of the workshop (26 October, 2021) and the slides full of useful information on open educational resources.


Interactive webinar: Redesign, enrich and transform your course with open educational resources




Questions? Ask the experts:

Subjects: Information Literacy, SmartCat, Systematic Review, OER, Fake news