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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER)
OER are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either in the public domain or licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the following "5R" activities.

  • Retain – make, own, and control a copy of the resource
  • Reuse – use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly
  • Revise – edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource
  • Remix – combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something new
  • Redistribute – share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others

For information on OER licenses as well as how OER benefits students, please see the Why OER page. 

Adapted from "Open Education" by Creative Commons

Pressbooks Subscription

The Washington State Library has funded a trial subscription to a textbook-hosting website called Pressbooks. Olympic College Faculty can author textbooks with this convenient platform until November of 2023. This subscription provides unlimited publishing to all members of the Washington Community and Technical Colleges until the expiration of our subscription. Here are three things to do if this interests you:

  1. Explore the complete Pressbooks Directory here for existing textbooks or OER in your discipline: https://pressbooks.directory/

  2. Check out our modest beginning to an Open Washington Pressbooks page or explore a more developed Pressbooks page like the Oklahoma Press page or the University of Washington page

  3. Pressbooks has monthly webinars that you can sign up and attend and see if it's something you'd be comfortable using: https://pressbooks.com/webinars/
  4. Email OER@olympic.edu if you would like to clone/remix openly licensed content on an existing Pressbooks book, or author your own downloadable book using Pressbooks create while Olympic College has this subscription

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