Finding + Using Open Educational Resources

Open Education Resources Defined

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The term Open Educational Resources (OER) includes educational content which is shared freely and openly to be used by anyone to adapt, repurpose or improve under an open copyright licence in order to share again.

Open educational resources (OER) have been used in higher education as part of the much larger social movement towards ‘opening up’ what was previously ‘closed’ to all except a limited number of people who paid for access to use information and services. There is a growing pool of high quality resources freely available for use on the Internet.  Below find a number of links to help get you started in your search for OER!

Why Open Education Matters from Blink Tower on Vimeo - Video found at: / CC BY 3.0

Creative Commons

Creative Commons are freely available copyright tools which allow creators to communicate which rights they reserve, and which rights they waive for the benefit of recipients or other creators.

Learn more about: Creative Commons Licenses 

Explore the VIU Open Educational Resources Directory

Check out the VIU Open Educational Resources Directory to to quickly access links to open educational content for course development. The sites are organized by media type and tags.

do you have an online resource or website which you find really useful in your teaching practice? Please contribute the resource and we will add it to the VIU Open Educational Resources directory so others may find it.

Go to the: VIU Open Educational Resources Directory


Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

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Watch a video about the BC Open Textbook Project

Clint Lalonde And Jessie Key talk about Open Textbooks