Open Educational Resources (OER) include digital and print course content, open textbooks, teaching materials, learning modules, and more. Often, they are made available through copyright friendly means such as the public domain or a Creative Common licence.
Students and instructors can freely access, use, share, and modify OER. David Wiley’s 5R Framework describes the ways OER can be used to support teaching and learning.
OER are growing in importance as the cost of textbooks and learning materials continues to rise. OER make it easier for instructors to create, customize, and share learning materials and for students to access, use, and modify course content. Both students and instructors can benefit when cost is no longer a barrier to accessible learning materials.
OER can be found in a number of places. Many institutions using Pressbooks have OER directories. Start discovering OER at Sask Polytechnic.
Many instructors and course developers are surprised by the wealth of material available
Pressbooks at Saskatchewan Polytechnic provides an editing/publishing space for employees
to work with existing openly licensed resources or create and publish new material.