OER - Open Educational Resources: Get started

This guide is designed to help PCC faculty find, create and incorporate open educational resources for classes.

The Five R's of Open

Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources:

The terms "open content" and "open educational resources" describe any copyrightable work (traditionally excluding software, which is described by other terms like "open source") that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  5. Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

Interested in learning more? 

  1. Explore this guide
  2. Check out this helpful OER starter kit
  3. Read the FAQ from Open Oregon 
  4. Get in touch! 

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Content for this guide has been developed by PCC Librarians Jen Klaudinyi and Amanda Bird.