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About Open Educational Resources

What are open educational resources?

"Open educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a copyright license that permits anyone to freely use and repurpose them. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, journal articles, and any other tools or materials used to support learning" (CUNY Libraries).


What differentiates OERs from other instructional resources is that you are allowed to:
  • retain
  • reuse
  • revise
  • remix
  • redistribute

What do I need to know about OERs?

  • Using OERs can lower the cost for students to obtain learning materials.
  • Many OERs have been peer reviewed.
  • You can use all or part of any OER.
  • You can modify OERs and tailor them to your course and students.
  • OERs can be used in courses taught in any instructional modality--in person, web-enhanced, partially online, hybrid, online or fully online.
  • You can find OERs in online repositories. See a selected list below.
  • You can search for OERs with Google by using the advanced search options and filtering items listed as "free to share, use, or modify" in "usage rights".
  • You can use the Creative Commons search engine to find images that you can use and remix across several open archives.
  • You can create OERs (textbooks, worksheets, videos, tests) and share them with an open license on the CUNY Academic Works' Open Educational Resources website.
  • If your course or section does not require students to purchase books, designate it as "z" (zero-textbook-cost) in CUNYfirst.


What is Hunter Zero?


How do I get started with OERs?

Resources at Hunter

Resources at CUNY

OER Repositories