Open Educational Resources (OER)
OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses -- free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. Why are OER important? High-quality OER can save teachers significant time and effort on resource development and advance student learning inside and outside the classroom. Further, open sharing of resources has the potential to fuel collaboration, encourage the improvement of available materials, and aid in the dissemination of best practices. The revolution of Open Online Learning brings great opportunities to millions of learners. However, the size of the learner population and the heterogeneity of the learners’ backgrounds make conventional one-size-fits-all educations inappropriate.