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Open Education Resources (OER): About OER

An OER guide for CDU staff and students

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Benefits of using OERs

Higher Education comes at a cost. OERs are designed to make education more available to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it.

OERs can support teaching and learning in several ways. They:

  • lower students' textbook costs
  • allow academics to customise course materials
  • can be quickly updated to reflect new knowledge
  • can provide accessibility from anywhere at any time.

Welcome to the Open Education Resources Subject Guide

This Subject Guide will assist you:

  • to understand the importance of Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • to gain knowledge as to the many forms that OERs take, including general, discipline-specific, videos, images, courses, MOOCs and textbooks
  • to find and evaluate OERs
  • to provide attribution when using open resources
  • to create and embed OERs into academic courses
  • to understand OERs in more depth through case studies
  • to keep up to date with current news and professional associations in relation to OERs

What are OERS

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials that are licensed in ways that allow us to legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs include courses, textbooks, assignments, tests, projects, software, audio, video and animation (Source: UNESCO and Open Education Resource Foundation).    

Understanding OERs

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