Open educational resources (OER) are free teaching and learning materials which are in the public domain or which have been distributed by their creators under open licenses—licenses which say the materials may be reused, revised, remixed, redistributed, and retained.
OER encompass everything from instructional content to course planning and learning assessment tools, in either digital or analog formats. Specifically, today's OER take the form of open textbooks, online learning modules, recorded lectures and demonstrations, course outlines, syllabi, and lesson plans, quizzes, scoring tools, and grading rubrics, and much, much more.
While adoption of OER in higher education has surged within the past year, awareness remains low among U.S. faculty overall. Cook Library has created this guide to encourage and facilitate wider use of OER at Towson University.