OER are teaching and learning materials that are free and may be used, reused, mixed, and otherwise customized to meet specific needs. Free materials available for students, teachers, schools or districts which are not openly licensed do not have the same level of permitted uses such as adaptation, retention, or wide scale distribution. If the resources have an open license, teachers can change the OER to create a new resource and share that resources with others. Students can also create OER to share with their peers.
- What is your district policy on who owns teacher and student created content?
- Do you know how to apply an open license?
|Open Educational Resources
or minimal cost (non-electronic print costs)
|Open Licensing (Creative Commons or other)
License that permits the free use and re-purposing of the content by others. (some restrictions may apply)
|Free Digital Learning Resources
||Copyright: Owner has the right to control the copying and dissemination of an original work.
|State Digital Learning Repository
||Free (some states require state credentials for access)
||Open licensing or Copyright
||Many state repositories include both open and copyrighted materials. Flexibility depends upon the type of resource.
||Alabama Learning Exchange