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Open Educational Resources: Overview of OERs

This LibGuide provides information relevant to open educational resources and open access. Please also take a look at the LibGuide on MOOCs

About Open Educational Resources (OERs)

This subject guide serves as a point of departure in finding information about Open Educational Resources (OERs) as well as providing guidelines on how to find material suitable for your courses and modules. 

 It is a continuous  work in progress as the contents will change as new resources are added or removed.  

You are encouraged to make suggestions for content to be added or removed. 

Please also take a look at the guide on MOOCs

Basically Open Educational Resources (OERs):

 " ... are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO).

Please see the following to get you up to speed:

Caution - before you start


Some linked material on this LibGuide may be copyright protected or subject to creative commons licensing provision. Please check and ensure that you obtain the necessary copyright permission or adhere to creative commons licensing provisions when re-using any of the material, where applicable.

Please consult the following before using any open resources: 


Due to contractual and licensing agreements, access to some content may be restricted to the Unisa community. 

Inclusion in this LibGuide does not imply University or library endorsement of the ideas expressed.



Special thanks to Kerry de Hart, OER Coordinator, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor for her advice and guidance in the compilation of this LibGuide.

All about using OERs

Please make time to find out about the pedagogy and practice of OER.  The following may be useful:

Directory of Open Educational Resources

The following is a useful point of departure for finding Open Education Resources.

Declarations on "open education" / "open access"

Declarations show the importance of Open Education and Open Access.  The following are examples of of such declarations.

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