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Open Educational Resources Fact Sheet

Uploaded by RRI Tools on 21 August 2017

The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.

The foundation of Open Education is Open Educational Resources (OER), which are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. “Open” permissions are typically defined in terms of the “5R’s”: users are free to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute these educational materials.

This fact sheet summarizes main characteristics of OER:

  • What is Open Education?
  • What are Open Educational Resources
  • Case studies: What does the data show?
  • How are open educational resources created?
  • How are open educational resources used?
  • How can you support open education?

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