Answered By: APUS Course Materials
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2022     Views: 162

Definition: “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.” (

For our purposes:

  • There is a $0 cost to both the University and the student (or in some cases a very low cost)
  • There are no hard-copy texts or any other tangible resources that need purchased/shipped (ex: lab kits)
  • APUS Library resources ARE considered OER
  • Vital Source ebooks ARE NOT considered OER – they have a cost
  • If you are unsure, please reference Booklist’s master Course Materials spreadsheet



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