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Open Access: Open Educational Resources

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What makes an educational resource open?

According to SPARC, "Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. “Open” permissions are typically defined in terms of the “5R’s”: users are free to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute these educational materials." Educational materials that allow for free use and distribution but not for adaptation are often also referred to as OER although their licenses do not permit revision and remixing. 

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