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Open Educational Resources at SAIT: What are OERs?

Informational site about OER materials and practices at SAIT

Open educational resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that are created with the intention of being freely available to users anywhere. They may include, but are not limited to, textbooks, readings, multi-media files, software, assessment tools, and even entire courses. Most are covered by licenses that allow for using, re-mixing, and sharing. This page provides links to just a few of the many tools available to educators and students.

"The OERs – Open Educational Resources.” Licensed CC-BY; created by intheacademia

Why Use OER?

For faculty:

  • OER supports innovation, exposure and reputation
  • OER improves learner understanding and drives engagement with open content
  • OER can increase student accessibility

For students:

  • Using OER results in direct cost savings to students and/or institutions
  • Using OER brings in different perspectives and provides more variety for students

Licensed CC-BY; created by Alberta OER Initiative

Read this article for a general overview of OERs in higher education:

The Open Educational Resources Movement is Redefining the Concept of Online Textbooks

This site is created and maintained by the Reg Erhardt Library.  Contact Jessica Norman with any questions or comments.

This guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), unless otherwise noted, from work at Kwantlen Polytechnic Libraries, Alberta OER Initiative, and TRU Libraries.

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