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Open Educational Resources offer some great benefits and opportunities over completely in-house development and/or the purchase of "closed" (traditionally copyrighted) resources:

However, when embarking on an OER project, be it a small scale attempt to use OER in a course, or a large scale institutional initiative to create and share OER, there are many things to consider:

As a user

As a producer

A significant OER consideration is the current state of copyright. The next section will discuss how copyright influences OER.


  1. See Models and Approaches as well as the Glossary for more information


Baker, J. (Last Edited 2007, June 20). OER Introduction. Connexions. Retrieved March 21, 2008, from

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