Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials that are freely available for use, remixing and redistribution.

Open educational resources

The term "open educational resources" was first adopted at UNESCO's 2002 Forum on the Impact of Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Open educational resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute. Open educational resources include:

    Learning content: full courses, course materials, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.

    Tools: Software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and on-line learning communities.

    Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

Where to find OERs 

UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning is possibly the most authoritative and comprehensive source of information and resources:

                      OER Portals and Gateways

                      OER Repositories

                      OER development and publishing initiatives

                      OER Tools

2. OER Commons is one of the largest guides to OER, with over 10,000 resources catalogued, drawn from many other OER sites. OER Commons is managed by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education and financially supported by the Hewlett Foundation, a major benefactor to OER projects.

3. Wikiversity's own list of open educational resources at other sites