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University of Wollongong Australia

Library support for teaching & learning

For Subject Coordinators, Tutors and other teaching academics

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Benefits

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any educational materials available online which you can access, adapt or update to use in your teaching at no cost to you or your students. They can support flexible learning and greater equity of access.

OERs and copyright

OERs are made available under Creative Commons licences which makes them free of most copyright restrictions and very flexible for your teaching needs.

Remember to:

  • carefully read and follow any attribution and usage rules for a specific OER. Always check the site’s licensing or ‘terms of use’ page.
  • find material from legitimate sources e.g. a video uploaded by the creator to their official YouTube channel.

Finding OERs

You may find OERs anywhere on the internet. This is not an exhaustive list, but the following search tools are helpful ways of discovering OERs relevant to your subject area.

Further guidance