Open Educational Resources (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 or re-purposing by others. OER can be seen as an alternative or supplement to costly materials available from traditional publishing companies.
This project is supported by the generous funding of the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) through the U.S. Department of Education. Our two-year grant was designed to both create new learning objects and collect existing objects from other repositories. In addition, we are charged with the task of developing a "playlist" model for organizing learning objects around a theme or subject. The goal of the playlist is to provide a table of contents structure to learning objects such that the playlist can replace or adequately supplement existing textbook materials for a given course.
The best place to start is…here! Check out the "Finding OER" page for some existing OER resources on the Internet, as well as access to our own OER repository. As new resources come available, we will put them on our site.