UNESCO defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as "any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license....[A]nyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." Read the 2012 Paris OER Declaration
for additional information.
Relevant OER collections include:
- OER Commons
Created by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. It contains nearly 60,000 diverse college-level materials. Includes a tool called Open Author for creating and sharing text or multimedia learning resources.
A repository hosted at California State University that contains over 40,000 materials, many of which have undergone some level of peer review. It contains both unique resources and resources redistributed from other sites, with material types ranging from textbooks and videos to case studies and quizzes. Offers a tool to edit and “remix” existing open resources or to create and share your own.
- TED Talks - Sustainability
"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less)." Note: TED Talks are not completely open resources; see the usage policy for more information.