Open Educational Resources Community of Learning

Module 2: Reminder - What is OER?

In Module 1, you learned some definitions and characteristics of Open Educational Resources.


  • OER are Open Educational Resources that are granted permissions for people to openly use, share, or modify. ​
  • This could include articles, but can also include curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, multimedia applications, podcasts, and any other materials that have been designed for use in teaching and learning.
  • Materials that are protected under copyright laws that prohibit people from openly sharing, modifying, or distributing are not considered OER even if they are available without cost at your library or online. ​
  • It is important to differentiate between OER materials and materials protected under royalties, licenses, or copyright.