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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources?

“Open Education Resources (OERs), are educational materials which are licensed in ways that provide permissions for individuals and institutions to re-use, adapt and modify the materials for their own use. OERs can, and do include full courses, textbooks, streaming videos, exams, software, and any other materials or techniques supporting learning.” -     OER Foundation definition.

Getting Started

Start with understanding Creative Commons (CC) Australia. Most OER are under Creative Commons terms.

Use the side menu on this guide to find the relevant resources for you:

  • For Educators - teaching materials, such as syllabi, lecture notes, assignment, lab manuscript, lab reports.
  • For Learners - free or affordable textbooks and other course materials.

Useful Resource:

Educause. (2010) 7 Things You Should Know About Open Educational Resources.

Tools for Finding OER


  • International e.g. MERLOT
  • National e.g. JISC's Jorum
  • Institutional e.g. Wisconsin Technical Colleges WISC-Online
  • Discipline specific e.g. the UK Humanities repository HumBox
  • Teaching techniques (Australian)  e.g. enRole
  • Resource type e.g. Wikimedia Commons

 Federated searches
Sites providing searches across multiple OER repositories are being developed, examples include:

 Collections of OER sites

Open Image Sharing