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OER (Open Education Resources): OER: FAQ

Guide to finding OER.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions







What is OER?

OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. All CC BY licensed educational resources are OER since CC BY allows sharing and remix.









What are some examples of OER?

Many OERs can be found and downloaded from repositories on the web, ranging from MIT’s OpenCourseWare to Khan Academy‘s catalog of videos, to OpenStax College collection of open textbooks. See below for more information on how to find OER.








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How do I find additional OER?

For help finding OER, take a look at the Find OER tab on this guide, it includes links to repositories of OER.







Who is using OER?


Here is a list of schools using OpenStax textbooks.



Click on this link to see a  list of faculty using OER at various colleges and universities.






CC BY license requirement


What is the CC BY license and what does it do?

CC BY is a free copyright license that authors who want to grant permissions for the public to share, reuse, and remix a creative work. A more thorough summary of the license and access to the full legal code can be found at





How do we properly mark content with the CC BY license?

For guidance with marking various kinds of content, please see the Marking Section of the CC Wiki.  If you are marking content you have created, please select the Creator section, otherwise select the User section. 






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