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Welcome to your OCR resource guide for RCC
What is OER? Dedfintion
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation defines open educational resources (OER) as “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. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”
Why Open Education Matters
OER Mythbusting addresses the top seven myths about OER in North American higher
education, as voted on my more than 100 faculty, librarians, students and other
members of the OER community. This project grew out of a discussion during one of
SPARC’s Libraries and OER Forum monthly calls, where a group of librarians from the
U.S. and Canada identified a need for better resources to address misconceptions
about OER. A team of volunteers developed a poll and distributed it over email lists
and social media over a two week period in July 2017. The results were then used to
produce this collaboratively written document.