The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning.

Why use Openly Licensed Educational Resources?

Resources that are openly licensed benefit schools in a number of ways, but most notably they help to:

  • Increase Equity – All students have access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content because openly licensed educational resources can be freely distributed to anyone.
  • Save Money – Switching to educational materials that are openly licensed enables schools to repurpose funding spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning. In some districts, replacing just one textbook has made tens of thousands of dollars available for other purposes.
  • Keep Content Relevant and High Quality – Traditional textbooks are perpetually outdated, forcing districts to re-invest significant portions of their budgets on replacing them. The terms of use of openly licensed educational resources allows educators to maintain the quality and relevance of their materials through continuous updates.
  • Empower Teachers – Openly licensed educational resources empower teachers as creative professionals by giving them the ability to adapt and customize learning materials to meet the needs of their students without breaking copyright laws.

Content retrieved from the US Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, licensed under public domain.  http://tech.ed.gov/open-education/

Open Educational Resources FAQ

Are Open Educational Resources designed to replace face-to-face instruction?
No, Open Educational Resources materials are not all specific to online learning. <=Materials can easily be adapted for your online, hybrid, or face to face courses.

I already have a great course! Do I have to adopt the whole course?
No, you do not have to adopt the entire course. You can navigate through the course contents and simply take what you need; you are free to modify those parts and use them as you like.


Content in OER FAQ comes from a variety of sources including:
The Open Course Library of the Washington State Colleges. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY).

List of OER (Open Educational Resources)