What is the difference between ‘free’ and ‘open’ resources?
Open educational resources are and always will be free, but not all free resources are OER. Free resources may be temporarily free or may be restricted from use at some time in the future (including by the addition of fees to access those resources). Moreover, free resources may not be modified, adapted or redistributed without express permissions from the copyright holder.
How do I know if an educational resource is an OER?
The key distinguishing characteristic of OER is its intellectual property license and the freedoms the license grants to others to share and adapt it. If a lesson plan or activity is not clearly tagged or marked as being in the public domain or having an open license, it is not OER. It’s that simple. Creative Commons copyright licenses are standardized, free-to-use open licenses that facilitate the development and use of OER and are recommended for use by all K-12 educators.
How much money can OER save my students? What Are the Impacts of Adopting OER?
Lots! Check out Lumen Learning's OER Adoption Impact Calculator
This work was adapted by Maggie Frankel from “#GoOpen: OER for K-12 Educators” (www.tinyurl.com/GoOpen) by Doug Levin.