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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 Network: NCOER

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:

WCET Events

LibreTexts OER Showcase and ED’s Open Textbook Pilot Grant Program

30 Jun 2022

The Department of Education is accepting applications through July 25, 2022, for the Open Textbook Pilot Grant, which supports projects at eligible institutions of higher education to create new open textbooks and expand the use of open textbooks and...

Celebrating OERth Week

19 Apr 2021

Open Educational Resources (OER) – freely accessible and openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes – have made education more achievable and equitable for...

eLearning Consortia Innovations from CA and NY

14 Jun 2016

WCET has long supported multi-institution consortia in their collective efforts to improve services for their member institutions and, ultimately, their students. In this webcast, we heard about innovations at two of the largest consortia in North America. The California...

Leading Large-Scale OER Initiatives: Stories from the Top

16 Aug 2018

In 2018, we saw an increase in the number of institutions, systems, and states implementing open educational resource initiatives. This webinar featured three WCET members who have been part of successful scaling OER. Panelists discussed the policies and plans,...

New Year, New NCOER Initiative (National Consortium for Open Educational Resources)

14 Jan 2021

State leaders, postsecondary education institutions, and education leaders are working across state lines to promote the adoption of open educational resources (OER) to help millions of students access high-quality learning materials that are free to use, customize, and share....

OER Challenges and Opportunities

24 Sep 2020

With expert panelists Elaine Thornton, Will Cross, and Jennryn Wetzler, we explored a variety of topics related to Open Educational Resources for the Fall term, including: OER and distance education. Guidance on where to find quality OER materials. Inclusivity...

What Campus Leaders Need to Know about Copyright and Intellectual Property

23 Jul 2020

With the rapid move to online learning, many questions have arisen around copyright and intellectual property. What are the policy implications when moving from face-to-face to online? What are essential principles you and your staff need to know to...

The Cost of OER and Return on Investment

18 Aug 2021

Hosted by the Southern Regional Education Board, this session was part of SREB’s Open Educational Resources in Dual Enrollment webinar series. This session helped decision-makers on all levels – state, higher education institutions, and K-12 schools and districts –...