Open Educational Resources (OER)

What are OERs?

​OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. In other words, OER are high quality, no-cost, accessible textbook alternatives and course materials. As the costs of traditional textbooks rise, the use of OER can help remove a barrier to education that many students face.


Where should I begin?


How to use OERs?

The term “open content” describes any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like “open source”) that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

  • Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  • Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  • Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  • Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  • Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

Where can I find OER resources?

Open Textbook Search Open Course Materials Open Images/Videos
BC Campus Cool 4Ed Khan Academy
Boundless Luman Learning Open Courses Morguefile
College Open Textbooks MERLOT II Ted Talks
Open Stax College MIT OpenCourseWare Wikimedia Commons
Open Textbook Library OER Commons World Images 
Wikibooks Open Course Library Vimeo
  Open Educational Resources ListServ  
  Skills Commons  

Why OER?

"More Colleges Use Open Educational Resources"
​"A Shared Culture" by Creative Commons"
"David Wiley: The Financial Potentials of Open Educational Resources​"
"Why Open Education Matters"
"Game Changer: Open Education is Changing the Rules"
"Wanna Work Together​?" by Creative Commons"​

Saddleback College’s Academic Senate, Office of Instruction, and Articulation Office support the use of Open Educational Resources. OER are being utilized at the CSU and UC level, as well as at many community colleges in California and across the United States.


Questions? Contact the OER Work Group Co-Chairs: Jennifer Pakula jpakula@saddleback.edu
or Nicole Major nmajor@saddleback.edu