Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial, and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment. It maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective (SPARC).
OERs are teaching, learning, and research resources that are in the public domain or are released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others (Hewlett Foundation).
These materials are freely available to users anywhere and include:
The permissions that define an open resource.
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 revise content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mash-up)
The right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others
This material was created by David Wiley and published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY) at: opencontent.org/blog/archives/3221. Adapted for JIBC's use from Langara College.