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Collection of free resources that support free access to knowledge.

Research Services Librarian

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Daniela Solomon
Contact:
Kelvin Smith Library Room 201-L
Email dxs594@case.edu


Research Services Librarian for Chemistry (interim) and Engineering: Biomedical; Chemical & Biomolecular (interim); Civil; Computer & Data Science; Electrical, Computer and Systems; Macromolecular Science (interim); Materials Science; Mechanical & Aerospace.

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6200-5216
Phone (216)368-8790

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

"Open Educational Resources 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 repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)

OERs works are free to use and have most of the copyright restrictions removed through a Creative Commons license. 
Open access works are free to read but their regular copyright restrictions are still in place.

The OERs license allows:

  • 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 material 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)

How to use OERs?