OER are educational materials which are licensed in ways that provide permissions for individuals and institutions to reuse, adapt and modify the materials for their own use. OER can, and do include full courses, textbooks, streaming videos, exams, software, and any other materials or techniques supporting learning. (OER Foundation)
OER is part of a broader Open Education movement, which has been receiving global attention, especially in the last ten years as the demand for opening up resources, curriculum, and governance increases in all aspects of education, particularly in higher education. The philosophy underpinning OER is “that of making educational materials a common or public good from which all, in theory, can benefit, but most especially those who receive the least benefit from current systems of educational provision, whether publicly or privately funded” (Lane (PDF).
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