Open Educational Resources (OER): Home
What Are Open Educational Resources?
The Definition of Open Educational Resources
Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.
Source: Creative Commons
Defining the "Open" in Open Content
With a license that allows for the legal remixing, sharing and reusing content, quality standards consistently need to be applied. UNESCO has recommended guidelines for use in higher education. These Guidelines outline key issues and make suggestions for integrating OER.
Budapest Open Access Initiative and DOAJ
The Budapest Open Access Initiative was developed in response for the need for scientific, peer-reviewed research to be made available and freely on the open Internet, which is typically publicly funded. Open access journals, as defined by this initiative, allow readers to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to full text of these articles."
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is one such directory that subscribes to this model and its aim "is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content."