Open Educational Resources
"Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities." Creative Commons
The 5 R Permissions of OER
The "5 Rs" is a framework that encourages educators to capitalize on the unique rights associated with open content. These rights include the ability to:
The right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage).
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).
The right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
The right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup).
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).
The 5Rs are a useful way to appreciate the value of OER. These permissions help you, the user of openly licensed content, understand what you are allowed to do with the work. These permissions are granted in advance and are legally established through Public Domain or Creative Commons license.
*Please refer to the Fanshawe OER Design Studio Prep Course to learn more.
Benefits for Faculty:
|Increases student retention by reducing costs|
|Assures academic freedom to modify or add content to your specifications|
|Extends your academic profile|
|Provides more relevant and engaging materials for your students|
Benefits for Students:
|Low cost or free|
|Easy to find and access – even before classes start|
|More customized and relevant|