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Open Educational Resources (OERs): About Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Getting Started with Open Educational Resources (OER)

"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights." 

(About OER Commons & Open Education, 2020)

Why Do OERs Matter?

  • Students save money: Estimated cost for textbooks and supplies at Willamette is less than $1,000 per year. This is less than the national average of $1,200 which continue to increase at a staggering rate.*
  • Pedagogical freedom: Faculty can add, remove, and modify content to fit their classroom rather than having an expensive textbook dictate topics and order.
  • Immediate and lasting accessResources can be accessed immediately, retained, and returned to again and again.