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Open Educational Resources: What Are They?


The purpose of this guide is to provide Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff with a starting point from which to learn about, explore, and develop Open Educational Resources.


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What are OERs?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are FREE resources that can be used by students and teachers. An open textbook is a textbook with an open copyright license that allows the material to be freely accessed, shared and adapted. Open textbooks can be adapted, remixed or customised to maximise instructional content to meet your own learning objectives. 

5R's of an Open Textbook


A work is only considered open if you have the following rights when using it:


the right to make, own and control copies of the content


the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)


the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)


the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)


the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or you remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

Adapted from: Wiley D, 2014, The Access Compromise and the 5th R,, viewed 01 February 2019. Copied and communicated under  CC BY 3.0.




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