Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are freely available, high-quality learning materials that can be downloaded, edited, and shared to better serve all students.

Because these resources are not confined to the same copyright restrictions as materials from traditional publishing companies, educators can modify OER to personalize lesson plans and ensure that students are receiving the most current and accurate information available without being required to wait for an updated textbook.

OER continues to be a trending topic in higher education today, and for good reason as they are invaluable student success tools that help achieve and create more accessible, equitable, and inclusive educational opportunities and environments.


WCET’s National Consortium for Open Educational Resources (NCOER) partners with the regional compacts (WICHE, NEBHE, MHEC, SREB), state agencies, and higher education systems to conduct research, design grant programs and initiatives. Additionally, they provide guidance on regional and statewide OER policy and project implementation.

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Examples of Open Educational Resources: Open Resource Repositories

OER entails numerous types of resources. The following repositories showcase examples of open educational resource content:

For more information, contact:

Tanya Spilovoy

Director, Open Policy, WCET