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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources


This guide provides information for all faculty, instructors, adjuncts, TAs, and researchers regarding Open Educational Resources (OER), Creative Commons licensing, and other issues pertinent to free educational materials for all teaching staff, researchers, and students.

The information here is intended to provide all teaching staff on the University of Memphis campus a basic understanding of Open Education Resources. With this information and the available tools and training, faculty and instructors will ideally move from the basics of OER concepts to the discovery and implementation of OER materials into their courses.



UNESCO's definition of Open Educational Resources is “the open provision of educational resources, enabled by information and communication technologies, for consultation, use, and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes.”​

On the other hand, the term "open access" refers to the policy and process of ensuring that "peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature [is] freely available online to anyone interested in reading it." 

"How to Find and Evaluate OER" by Abbey Elder is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 International license.

A Chronological History of Open Access Policies

Why Use Open Educational Resources?



Copyright overview Creative Commons License overview
Open Access overview Open Educational Resources overview
Public Domain overview