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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are materials with open licences that enable free access, retention, reuse, revision and redistribution. 

These pages provide an introduction to how to create your own OERs, with suggestions of tools you might use and issues to consider, such as accessibility and licensing. 

There are many freely available resources you can use to find OERs to support your students, or where you can choose to share your own OER. We suggest some appropriate platforms where you can share and find OERs.  

Benefits of OERs 

OERs provide significant educational benefits and cost savings while also advocating for social justice, equitable learning and global knowledge. The UNESCO endorsement of OERs helps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and facilitates the global dissemination of knowledge. 

OERs come in a variety of formats, including videos, open textbooks, podcasts, diagrams, software, course slides, checklists, simulations, lesson plans, reading lists and 3D models. This variety ensures that OERs can meet a diverse set of educational needs and styles.