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Open Education Resources (OER): About OER

An OER guide for CDU staff and students

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

OER are teaching and learning materials freely available online for anyone to use. Different licenses allow for resources to be shared and re-purposed by others.

OER include:

  • Learning content: course material, content modules, learning objects, collections and journals.
  • Tools: software to support creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organisation of content, content and learning management systems, content development fools and online learning communities.
  • Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles and localization of content.

Download a quick guide to understanding OER and Creative commons (PDF)

Download video attribution file (doc)

Why use OER?

  • Help reduce the cost of course materials to students, as OER are freely available
  • Materials are available immediately, eliminating postage and traditional publishing lag times
  • Are adaptable, editable meaning texts can be continuously updated as research develops or student needs change
  • Encourage and facilitate collaboration amongst faculty, researchers and those in the field

The case for OER:

The SPARC Definition of OER:


"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." - SPARC

Creative Commons

Lecturer resources


How to give attribution

Open Textbooks


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