Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely available educational materials that are able to be downloaded, edited, and shared with an open license. OER can be used as main resources in a course or to supplement resources in a course. They can also supplement library materials, such as subscription databases and journals, provided at no cost to students.
OER are built upon the 5Rs:
Myth #1: Open simply means free
Fact: Open means the permission to freely download, edit, AND share materials to better serve all students
Myth #2: All OER are digital
Fact: OER take many formats, including print, digital, audio, and more
Myth #3: "You get what you pay for"
Fact: OER can be produced to the same quality standards as traditional textbooks
Myth #4: Copyright for OER is complicated
Fact: Open licensing makes OER easy to freely and legally use
Myth #5: OER are not sustainable
Fact: Models are evolving to support the sustainability and continuous improvement of OER
Myth #6: Open textbooks lack ancillaries
Fact: Open textbooks often come with ancillaries, and when they do not, existing oer can provide additional support
Myth #7: My institution is not ready for OER
Fact: Any institution can start with small steps toward OER that make an impact for students