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Community Support Groups and Outreach for Students and Staff: OER for Students

This guide will provide resources and information to enable communities to address the needs of students and staff experiencing hardships

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?



Definition provided by OER Commons:

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner.  Examples of OER are: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations and resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.


UNESCO: What are Open Educational Resources?

Wikipedia: Massive Open Online Course

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Open Education Resources For Students

The following sites provide background information about Open Educational Resources (OER) for students and faculty wanting to become involved in the OER movement.

Make Textbooks Affordable

As part of the Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups), this site provides the latest news, studies and solutions on cost of college textbooks along with advocacy opportunities for students and faculty.


Open Education Week

Usually in early March, Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.


Open Knowledge

Open Knowledge is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge. Provides networking opportunities for individuals to discuss and promote open access and open education.

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