The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines OER as: "teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions."
Licensing must allow users to:
The above information is adapted from "Defining the 'Open' in Open Content and Open Educational Resources", originally written by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
Open Educational Resources can:
Adapted from the Educause article "Recognizing and Overcoming Obstacles: What it Will Take to Realize the Potential of OER," published July 12, 2021 by Julie Irvine, Royce Kimmons and Jacob Rogers, licensed under a Creative Commons BY 4.0 International License.