According to David Wiley, an open educational resource is "any copyrightable work that is licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities," outlined below:
1. Retain: the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage
2. Reuse: the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
3. Revise: the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
4. Remix: the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup
5. Redistribute: the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)*
Confused? So are a lot of people. The video below, posted by Wiley, helps to visualize this broad and often confusing definition.
Interested in learning more about OER’s? BHCC Librarian Rachel Baum has created a LibGuide that details the definitions, resources, and next steps in the OER adaptation process. Click the banner below to explore!