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Open Educational Resources for Teaching and Learning

OER at UConn. Textbook affordability matters. Help alleviate the textbook-cost burden on UConn students. For more information about assistance with OER at UConn, contact Zach Claybaugh at: Create, Modify, Adopt.

What are OER?

OER are educational materials produced by one party that are licensed to be used free of charge by others. OER come in many forms—from curriculum to homework assignment to textbooks. And OER exist for all levels of education, from kindergarten through college” (Wiley, et al., 2012, p. 1).

These resources also correspond to the 5R Framework (Wiley, n.d.):

  1. Retain - the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. Reuse - the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  3. Revise - the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix - the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  5. Redistribute - the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)


OER are typically licensed using Creative Commons licensing. For information about Creative Commons, see the graphic below or visit

A full-text PDF of this image, titled What is Creative Commons?, can be found by clicking on the link below.


Wiley, D., Green, C., Soares, L., & American Progress, C. F. (2012). Dramatically Bringing down the Cost of Education with OER: How Open Education Resources Unlock the Door to Free Learning. Center for American Progress. Retrieved March 8, 2016, from ERIC.