OER vs Free

All open educational resources have what are known as the “5R Permissions.” These include the ability to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the materials. Users can make and own a copy, use the materials in a wide range of ways, adapt the materials to their use, improve the materials, combine one or more resources, and share the resources with others. Because OER are designed to be collaborative, educators can make the resources even better and share their modifications with others. With free resources, educators have the ability to use them but do not necessarily have the right to modify or share them with others.

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Videos from The Council of Chief State School Officers
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