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Open Education Resources @ UTEP

Learn what more about OER, and how to incorporate them into your teaching.

What are OER?

What We Talk About When We Talk About OER, etc.

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OER FAQ for Faculty

OER Glossary

To be OER, a source must be able to apply all of these:

  • Redistribute
  • Remix
  • Retain
  • Reuse
  • Revise


Materials that have a cost, but are already paid for. An example would be journals found in a database that are made accessible through tuition/fees.

A play on “copyright”, an arrangement for the creator to freely distribute their work as long as those who modify the work follow the same distribution condition

The right given to the owner of creative or informative work on how to distribute or make copies of their work. This only applies for a certain length of time.

A non-profit organization that releases Creative Common Licenses

Licenses that indicate which rights creators waive and retain while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work

Permits certain use, such as sections, of copyrighted items without first acquiring permission from the copyright holder

An archive or database that houses, preserves, and distributes digital copies of works published by members of a research institution

Required course materials for a class that cost under $40 total

Materials that are free to access and use, but none-- or at least not all-- of the "5 R’s of OER" can be applied

Openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes; can be modified and redistributed without permission

Rigorous process for review in which multiple experts evaluate a work; a form of self regulation for quality

Creative works that are not protected by copyright or other intellectual property rights. This could be due to rights having been expired, forfeited, or being inapplicable

Ability  to share copies of the original work, or copies of any revised, remixed, and any other modified works

Combine original or revised work to create a new work

Ability to keep copies of the original work, or copies of any revised, remixed, and any other modified works after they have been distributed

Ability to use any original or unaltered work

Adapt, adjust, or modify any existing work to best suit the needs for which the work will be used

No cost to the user - covers both Open Access/Free and OER

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