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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that are released under an open license (often a Creative Commons license) that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.

OER are one type of materials that instructors can employ to replace commercial, and often expensive, course content such as textbooks. Additionally, materials labeled as Affordable Course Materials - that do not allow for the adaption or redistribution of materials - can be used by instructors wanting to reduce costs for students while increasing pedagogical flexibility. These include Open Access Materials, Library-Licensed Educational Materials (LER), Authoritative Free-to-Use Web Content, Public Domain Works, and Copyrighted Materials Used under the Fair Use Exception.  

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