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Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources?

OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that allows anyone to freely use and repurpose them. 

Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the “5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free 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 or altered.
  • Remix: The 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.

OER Introduction Video


Creative Commons License
The PSU Open Educational Resources research guide is maintained by Christin Wixson and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Portions of this guide were adapted with permission from the UMass Amherst Library Open Educational Resources guide, from UNH's Open Educational Resources and Scholarly Communication and Open Access guides, and from the SPARC Open Education webpage.