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Open Education Network / Open Education Resources: What is Open and Why is it Important?

What are Open Education Resources?

Open Education Resources, commonly referred to as OER, are defined by UNESCO as:

"teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. 
OER form part of ‘Open Solutions’, alongside Free and Open Source software (FOSS), Open Access (OA), Open Data (OD) and crowdsourcing platforms.
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[https://en.unesco.org/themes/building-knowledge-societies/oer]

 

The open movement is based on the desire to make education widely accessible by providing free access to materials.