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What are they and why use them?
"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." [1]

With OER you are free to:
  1. Reuse - Use the work verbatim (unaltered), without having to ask permission.
  2. Revise - Alter or transform the work to meet your needs.
  3. Remix - Combine the (verbatim or altered) work with other works for enhanced effect.
  4. Redistribute - Share the verbatim, reworked remixed work with others.
(Wiley, 2007) David Wiley

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Where and how do I use existing resources?
The OER life cycle begins with a desire or need to learn or teach something. The following sequence of steps illustrates a typical development process.
  1. Find: start by looking for suitable resources which contribute to meeting the need or satisfying the desire. This may include using general search engines, searching specific repositories and finding individual websites. Some potential components may be available offline, including last year's lecture notes, class projects, handouts for learners and other resources prepared previously.
  2. Compose: with a collection of resources at your disposal, start piecing them together to form a learning resource for yourself, your fellow educators and/or learners. This is a creative design process of building an educational resource from scratch and/or using components you have found.
  3. Adapt: while composing OER, it will nearly always be necessary to adapt components to your local context. This may involve minor corrections and improvements, remixing components, localization and even complete rework for use in diverse contexts.
  4. Use: the actual use of OER in the classroom, online, during informal learning activities, etc.
  5. Share: once an OER is finished, make it available for the open education community to re-use and begin the life cycle again.
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Where and how do I share?
"If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you've created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don't have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified.

If you're looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works - from songs and videos to scientific and academic material - available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day."
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