Open Educational Resources Community of Learning

Module 1: Terminology Differences

Key Differences

There are many related concepts and buzzwords with similarities to Open Educational Resources. Here we'll break down the basic differences:

  • Open Educational Resources (OERs) = Openly licensed, free of charge, digital materials
  • Open Access = Unrestricted and free of charge (to users, not to libraries) digital materials
  • Textbook Affordability = Campus programs to identify lower cost alternatives for course materials

Some of these terms and concepts may fall under more than one category, for example an open access item may have a license, but not always.

Comparison Chart

chart comparing OERs, Open Access, and Textbook Affordability