Dive into OER

Welcome to Dive into OER

Open Educational Resources (OER - a singular reference) is free and openly licensed educational material that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. Open Educational Resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, videos, assessments, 5 Rs of OER Remix Retain Revise Reuse Redistributesoftware, and many other materials used to support learning. OER can range from a small learning activity to a curricular unit, to a course textbook, to even a full course.  OER is appropriate for learning at any age. 

OER may be modified, adapted, or redistributed without permission from the copyright holder. The “open” license allows anyone to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them - commonly referred to as the “5 R’s of OER.”  These permissions are granted through a Creative Commons (CC) license that is applied to the resource, instead of a traditional copyright license. 

OER benefits student learning and achievement by providing instructional materials that are up-to-date, relevant, and fit the unique needs of an educator’s diverse student population. Educators can save a significant amount of time finding and developing resources, as well as having the opportunity to collaborate with other educators across geographic, time and space boundaries. The use of OER also helps to promote shifts in instructional practice and curriculum planning, along with ensuring accessibility for student accommodations. Finally, OER is free so cost is not a barrier to accessing high-quality resources.


Educators are getting started with Open Educational Resources, called OER. To provide support, the REMC Association is offering “Dive into OER” with the goal of building a statewide network of advocates and facilitators to train peers. These individuals will learn about OER and the #GoOpen Michigan website during a two-day workshop, and then share this information within their school communities.

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Dive into OER Vetting Resources is a two-day workshop. Participants will explore and vet Open Educational Resources using the Achieve rubric on the #GoOpenMichigan site. Participants will receive hands-on training to use the different elements of the rubric when evaluating OERs, as well as being able to provide educator feedback on the #GoOpen Michigan site. 

More information about Dive into OER Vetting Resources

Free Virtual Courses: Open Educational Resources

Enroll in free REMC Virtual Courses to learn more about Open Education Resources (OER). Four OER-related courses are available. Each course is open for three weeks and consists of two (2) one-hour “live” webinars that are recorded, available viewing later and eight (8) hours of resource review, assessment developments and written reflection. These courses are open to all Michigan school staff; there are no registration or SCECH fees. Each course offers 10 SCECHs.

  • OER to Support Early Literacy
  • OER to Support Competency-Based Education (CBE)
  • OER: Student-Designed OER for 21st Century Learning
  • OER: The What, Why and How of Open Educational Resources


Sue Schwartz
Executive Director