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About this Guide

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits repurposing by others.

This guide provides an overview of OER and resources to Find, Adapt, and Create OER for your courses.


Some of the content on this site came from the LibGuides "Open Educational Resources (OER)" by Benjamin Andrus (SUNY Binghamton), "Open Educational Resources" by Carrie Gits (Austin Community College), "Open Educational Resources" by Rosanne Humes (Nassau Community College) and the Open-NYS website.

An Introduction to Open Educational Resources

The 5 Rs of OER

In addition to being free, OER are free to use and expand upon, following the terms of their licenses. Open Educational Resources are either in the public domain or licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

THE 5 R's of OER

Creative Commons License 

"5Rs image" by David Wiley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Contact Us

SUNY Old Westbury Library offers free consultation services with librarians who assists with the curation of OER. Make an appointment with Christa DeVirgilio  ( or Joanne Spadaro  (

The OER Starter Kit

SUNY Old Westbury Library, Old Westbury, NY 11658
(516) 876-3150