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Ohio State Marion: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Learning: Overview

Information and resources regarding Open Educational Resources (OER) and other Affordable Learning options

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Education Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."  

From The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

OER allow users to:

  • Retain -- users have the right to make, archive, and own copies of the content
  • Reuse -- content can be reused in its unaltered form
  • Revise -- content can be adapted, adjusted, modified, and altered
  • Remix -- original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new
  • Redistribute -- copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

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Recent Developments

Update  3/20/18: Congress Funds $5 Million Open Textbook Grant Program in Spending Bill

FYI from SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition):

The Affordable College Textbook Act<> was reintroduced in the U.S. House and Senate. This bill creates a grant program at the U.S. Department of Education for colleges and universities to develop pilot programs that use open educational resources (OER) to reduce the cost of textbooks for students. The legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Polis (D-CO) and Sinema (D-AZ) and in the Senate by Senators Durbin (D-IL), Franken (D-MN), and King (I-ME). 

The final bill text is here<>. 

Finding OER

Open Textbooks have been released with an open license (usually a Creative Commons license) which allows them to be copied, shared and revised.

OER Repositories contain more than just open textbooks. They also have other digital learning materials such as:

  • full courses
  • modules
  • syllabi
  • lectures
  • homework assignments
  • quizzes
  • lab activities
  • games
  • simulations

More OER Information

Guide Attribution

Creative Commons License
This guide, Open Educational Resources, by Betsy Blankenship is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work by Regina Gong at