Open Educational Resources (OER) FAQs


OER in Education This category includes questions that concern the effective use of OER within educational institutions. Basics of OER This category includes questions that are often posed by those new to the concept of open educational resources. Taken together, these questions provide a quick primer on OER. Open Textbooks This category includes questions often posed by those who wish to find, use, or create a specific type of OER known as open textbooks. Other Types of Open This category includes questions that distinguish OER from a variety of other terms that include the word "open" and that are often heard within educational contexts. OER Policy This category includes questions that concern the development of institutional or government policy to support the successful adoption, adaptation, or creation of OER. Developing OER This category includes questions that are often posed by those who wish to create OER. OER Quality This category includes questions that concern the quality of available OER. Basics of Creative Commons Licensing This category includes questions often asked by those new to the idea of open licensing. Taken together, these questions provide a quick primer on Creative Commons licensing. Creative Commons Licensing for Authors This category includes questions often asked by those considering applying an open license to their creative work. Creative Commons Licensing for Users This category includes questions often asked by those who wish to reuse or adapt openly-licensed materials. Curating and Finding OER This category includes questions that are often posed by those who wish to find and/or curate OER.
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Become a part of the OERFAQ.info Community of Practice 1 August 26, 2016
How can educators get started with using OER? 8 July 12, 2019
Is there an Institutional OER Policy Template or Toolkit? 1 September 13, 2016
What are the potential economic gains to be harnessed from OER? 1 September 13, 2016
Why should I adopt an open textbook? 1 September 14, 2016
How can educational institutions benefit by harnessing OER? 1 September 3, 2016
What kinds of materials are regarded as OER? 1 September 9, 2016
What does the term "Free Cultural Works" refer to? 1 November 11, 2016
If I derive or adapt material offered under a Creative Commons license, which CC license(s) can I use? 1 November 11, 2016
Are Creative Commons licenses enforceable in a court of law? 1 November 11, 2016
Can I add a resource that is offered under a different CC license than the default CC license I’ve chosen for my content? 1 November 11, 2016
What is the OER Commons? 1 September 13, 2016
Can open textbooks be used offline like textbooks? 1 September 6, 2016
Are OER only available in digital format? 1 September 13, 2016
How can student groups promote the use and development of OER? 1 September 8, 2016
What steps can educators take towards using OER effectively for learning and teaching? 1 September 8, 2016
How can higher education institutions play a critical role in supporting their teaching staff in using and creating OER? 1 September 7, 2016
How can governments support Higher Education in using and creating OER? 1 September 7, 2016
Where can I find examples of OER policies developed by other institutions? 1 September 14, 2016
How should an institution go about implementing its OER policy? 1 September 13, 2016
How can institutions change their culture with regard to OER & Open Educational Practices (OEP)? 1 September 15, 2016
What are the best ways to build institutional capacity in OER? 1 September 3, 2016
What policy changes are needed for institutions to make more effective use of OER? 1 September 3, 2016
Is OER really free? 1 September 3, 2016
What tools can I use to curate OER? 1 September 5, 2016
How can I share my OER with others? 1 September 3, 2016
What is the life cycle of OER? 1 September 13, 2016
Is there a OER Workflow process to guide OER developers? 1 September 14, 2016
What are the most convenient file formats of OER? 1 September 13, 2016
What is a sustainable approach to OER development and sharing? 1 September 15, 2016