Kyle Denlinger // 8 Feb 2013
What are Open Educational Resources?
“OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or
have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and
re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials,
modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or
techniques used to support access to knowledge.” (Hewlett Foundation)
OER should be free, very available, of high quality, modifiable, adoptable worldwide,
and useful to teachers as well as students. (Hewlett Foundation)
● MERLOT (merlot.org)
Peer reviewed. Focus on higher ed. 39,000+ resources.
● OER Commons (oercommons.org)
Curated collections. Focus on Common Core. 41,000+ resources.
● Connexions (cnx.org)
“Frictionless remixing.” Repository + LMS. Content vetted and curated into “lenses” by
● Jorum (jorum.ac.uk)
UK-based repository, focus on higher ed. 16,000+ resources.
● Curriki (curriki.org)
Repository with a global focus. 46,000+ resources.
What is OpenCourseWare?
“An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality
college and university‐ level educational materials. These materials are organized as
courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as
OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the
internet.” (OCW Consortium)