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Open Education Resources

​Faculty Stories
Discover what SCC faculty have been doing to bring Open Education Resources to their students.
​Finding OER
Having trouble finding OER for your courses? You're not alone. Find out which Open Education Resources might be just right for your students; from textbooks, to auxilary materials, quizzes, tests, and more. 
​Licensing, Copyright, and Public Domain
Want to learn about licensing, copyright and public domain? These issues can seem complicated, but there are plenty of resources online to make understanding these concepts easier.

According to UNESCO:

Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.

Since 2002, when the term Open Educational Resources (OER) first emerged to today, OER has increasingly been recognized by the international community as an innovative tool for meeting the challenges of providing lifelong learning opportunities for learners from divers levels and modes of education worldwide.

​OER stands for Open Education Resources. OER is best understood using the​ 5 R's.

Content can be reused in its unaltered original format - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video).

Copies of content can be retained for personal archives or reference - the right ot make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g. download, duplicate, store, and manage).

Content can be modified or altered to suit specific need - the right to adapt, adjuct, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g. translate the content into another language).

Content can be adapted with other similar content to create something new - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup).

The content can be shared with anyone else in its original or altered format - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixed with other (e.g. give a copy of the content to a friend).

This material is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribtuion 4.0 license at​