Open Education Resources

Open Education Resources

Education materials with open or more permissive licenses (in contrast to traditional copyright). These include textbooks and assessments. Proponents believe open licensing encourages innovation and reduces costs.


A growing movement that encourages the sharing of open orpermissive license educational content such as textbooks, assessments, etc,helping reduce education costs. Many of these materials are licensed under ascheme called Creative Commons.

Creative Commons provides "a set of copyright licensesand tools that create a balance inside the traditional 'all rights reserved'setting that copyright law creates."

Because of the broad sharing environment of the Web, OERmaterials have become an increasingly popular alternative to classic,copyrighted works. Notable examples include the MIT OpenCourseware and Khan Academy.

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