Answered By: Andrea Dunn
Last Updated: Mar 08, 2018     Views: 96

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.” (creativecommons.org)

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