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Open Education

Introduction to OER

"What does 'OER' Mean?"

Open educational resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that are licensed to be freely available to users anywhere. They may include, but are not limited to, textbooks, readings, multi-media files, software, assessment tools, and even entire courses. Most are covered by licenses that allow for using, re-mixing, and sharing.

This guide provides links to some of the many tools available to educators and students. Navigate the content by using the menu on the left side-bar.

BCcampus leads and coordinates many open education projects in BC.

Check out the Open BCIT website to find out about open education at BCIT. 

OASIS Search

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 113 different sources and contains 440,331 records.

The 5 R's of Openness

the right to make, own, and control copies of the content

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)

the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)

the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)

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)


David Wiley, CC, March 2014,