Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format or medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation, and re-distribution by others.[1].


David Wiley - What constitutes an OER?

Dr. David Wiley is Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organisation dedicated to increasing student access to and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources (OER) by middle schools, high schools, community and state colleges, and universities. Previously, David was Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology in the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. His career has been dedicated to increasing access to educational opportunities for everyone around the world.

Watch this video David recorded for a workshop on ‘Open Content Licensing for Educators’. (You can download a copy of the transcript (26KB) if you don’t have enough bandwidth to view the video. You can also turn on the captions by clicking on the “CC” button.)

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  1. UNESCO. (2019). Draft definition accepted during expert meeting in Paris, in preparation of the OER recommendation to be considered at the 2019 General Conference of member states.