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Affordable Course Materials and Open Educational Resources (OER) for Students: What are OER?

This guide is meant to help students locate low to no cost course materials and supplements. See the Advocacy tab to raise awareness and adoption of affordable course materials on your campus and in your class.

Course Materials Affordability Survey for Claremont Colleges Students

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What are OER?

"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO).

"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." (Hewlett Foundation)

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