Open Education

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials made available for free use and often with permission to modify and re-distribute. According to the William and Flora Hewlett FoundationOERs are defined as: “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge”.

Benefits of OER

Open Educational Resources provide a low-cost and flexible alternative to publisher textbooks for use in online and face-to-face classrooms. They allow instructors to (legally) pick from a wide collection of readily-available learning resources on the web and customize their teaching to their students’ needs while significantly reducing students’ schooling costs. It is estimated that 7 out of 10 students skip buying textbooks because of their high costs.


Materials are normally shared as Open Educational Resources under a Creative Commons license. The Creative Commons licenses makes it easy to share and use OERs by clearly specifying the requirements for attribution, reuse and modification. Learn more about Creative Commons.

OER – A Complete Guide

Following is a Complete Guide to OER Materials by Campus Technology.

Explore OER

Please visit our Find OER page for an extensive list of OER collections. In addition explore UMass Boston resources below:

Adapt or Contribute OER

Looking to replace a textbook with OER resources or have something to share? Get in touch with someone from our team by emailing us at We will help you identify a platform and guide you in the process.