Open Education Resources

"Open Education Resources (OERs) are educational materials which are licensed in ways that provide permissions for individuals and institutions to re-use, adapt and modify the materials for their own use. OERs can, and do include full courses, textbooks, streaming videos, exams, software, and any other materials or techniques supporting learning." - OER Foundation definition.

OERs use open licences such as Creative Commons Licences to make the content publicly available. Open licences preserve the creator's intellectual property rights whilst giving permission in advance for the material to be used, subject to certain defined conditions. Such licences may provide the user with the right to reproduce, copy, adapt and communicate the materials under specified terms or conditions.

QUT supports:

  • the promotion and use of OERs to widen access to education and to improve the cost-efficiency and quality of the learner experience and learning outcomes
  • the use of open licences for educational resources in appropriate circumstances.

For more information on creating an OER or to use or adapt an OER see the Guidelines for QUT Open Education Resources (PDF, 290KB).