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What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources or OER

  • "are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights.
  • For some of these resources, that means you can download the resource and share it with colleagues and students.
  • For others, it may be that you can download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared." OER Commons (2014).

Types of OER

  • Open textbooks, full courses, course modules, games, homework assignments, lab and classroom activities, lectures, quizzes, simulations, etc.


This guide contains information on Open Educational Resources (OER), open textbook providers and other resources to help Valdosta State University's faculty and staff select, adopt or create open educational resources.

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Reference Librarian

Deborah Van Petten
Phone (229) 245-3749

Office: Odum Library, Room 2330


OER Commons. (2014). What are Open Educational Resources (OER)? In About. Retrieved from:

Wiley, David. The Access Compromise and the 5th R. (2014, Mar.). iterating toward openness. Retrieved from: