Open Educational Resources “ . . . are defined as ‘digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students, and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning, and research,’ have been developed (Bissell, 2009, p. 97). OER include textbooks, short readings, modules, lesson plans, artwork, videos, music, or podcasts (Butcher, 2015). OER are free in terms of being available for use by educators and students, without license fees (Smith, 2009). OER are free to be adapted and mixed by faculty (although the extent to which they can be changed varies by the license; see Green, 2017; Hilton et al., 2010) and can be shared on course learning management sites (Feldstein, Martin, Hudson, Warren, Hilton, & Wiley, 2012).”
P. 5 Clinton, Virginia. Cost, Outcomes, Use and Perceptions of Open Educational Resources in Psychology: A Narrative Review of the Literature. Psychology Learning & Teaching. 2019, Vol. 18(l) 4-20.
There are many reasons instructors might want to use OER:
Source: The Review Project