Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.
Open Education "...is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge."
Reuse: Use the content in its unaltered form
Revise: Adapt, adjust, modify, improve, or alter the content
Remix: Combine the original or revised content with other OER to create something new
Redistribute: Share copies of the original content, revisions or remixes with others
Retain: Keep access to materials after the learning event
Creative Commons Licenses are granted by the copyright-holder of a work and give users specific permissions to use, copy, and adapt it to their own purposes. OER creators assign CC licenses to their work in order to share it with other faculty and students. Creative Commons licenses make OER possible!