Open Educational Resources (OER) FAQs


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.
OER in Education This category includes questions that concern the effective use of OER within educational institutions.
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.
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 Quality This category includes questions that concern the quality of available OER.
Developing OER This category includes questions that are often posed by those who wish to create 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.
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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Is there an Institutional OER Policy Template or Toolkit? [OER Policy] (1)
What are the potential economic gains to be harnessed from OER? [Basics of OER] (1)
Why should I adopt an open textbook? [Open Textbooks] (1)
How can educational institutions benefit by harnessing OER? [OER in Education] (1)
What kinds of materials are regarded as OER? [Basics of OER] (1)
What does the term "Free Cultural Works" refer to? [Creative Commons Licensing for Users] (1)
If I derive or adapt material offered under a Creative Commons license, which CC license(s) can I use? [Creative Commons Licensing for Users] (1)
Are Creative Commons licenses enforceable in a court of law? [Basics of Creative Commons Licensing] (1)
Can I add a resource that is offered under a different CC license than the default CC license I’ve chosen for my content? [Creative Commons Licensing for Authors] (1)
What is the OER Commons? [Curating and Finding OER] (1)
Can open textbooks be used offline like textbooks? [Open Textbooks] (1)
Are OER only available in digital format? [Basics of OER] (1)
How can student groups promote the use and development of OER? [OER Policy] (1)
What steps can educators take towards using OER effectively for learning and teaching? [OER in Education] (1)
How can educators get started with using OER? [OER in Education] (1)
How can higher education institutions play a critical role in supporting their teaching staff in using and creating OER? [OER Policy] (1)
How can governments support Higher Education in using and creating OER? [OER Policy] (1)
Where can I find examples of OER policies developed by other institutions? [OER Policy] (1)
How should an institution go about implementing its OER policy? [OER Policy] (1)
How can institutions change their culture with regard to OER & Open Educational Practices (OEP)? [OER Policy] (1)
What are the best ways to build institutional capacity in OER? [OER Policy] (1)
What policy changes are needed for institutions to make more effective use of OER? [OER Policy] (1)
Is OER really free? [Basics of OER] (1)
What tools can I use to curate OER? [Curating and Finding OER] (1)
How can I share my OER with others? [Developing OER] (1)
What is the life cycle of OER? [Developing OER] (1)
Is there a OER Workflow process to guide OER developers? [Developing OER] (1)
What are the most convenient file formats of OER? [Developing OER] (1)
What is a sustainable approach to OER development and sharing? [Developing OER] (1)