Open Educational Resources or OER are educational materials that are shared at no cost so that the public can freely use, share, and build upon content to better serve all students. OER come in all shapes and sizes. For example, a sheet of paper containing course content could be considered OER. Likewise, entire courses can be included under the OER umbrella. Open Textbooks are usually collections of OER materials.
In Georgia, university faculty may apply for Affordable Material Grants through the Affordable Learning Georgia initiative. The purpose of these grants is to provide no cost and low cost course materials to students throughout the University System of Georgia.
In February, 2021, several CSU faculty presented an informational session about the Affordable Materials Grants to their colleagues at CSU. The recording of the presentation is accessible to the public.
Retain – Permission to make, own, and control copies of the content;
Reuse – Content can be reused in its unaltered original format;
Revise – Content can be modified or altered to suit specific needs - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself;
Remix – Content can be adapted with other similar content to create something new;
Redistribute – Content can be shared with anyone else in its original or altered format.
OER provide the faculty at CSU with permissions and the resulting tools to create freely available resources that make education more affordable.
OER also allow for equity and innovation as faculty maximize access to effective educational resources for all students through open licensing and technological advances.
OER provide CSU students with affordable educational resources for their classes that are freely available even after graduation to support lifelong learning.