Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others.
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Open access resources are related to open educational resources, but they are different. Open access resources are research publications that are freely available to consult and in some cases reuse (JISC, 2019). While open access resources can be used as learning resources, they cannot be revised or adapted like open educational resources.
Open educational resources and open access publications provide a wide range of digital resources that can be embedded into an online reading list.
Further information about the Aspire Online Reading List system can be found here.
For guidance and assistance finding resources for your online reading lists contact your Faculty Librarian.
Textbooks can be very expensive both for students and the university, particularly if they are available as ebooks. The use of open books reduces costs for the student and the university.
Open educational resources provide digital resources that can be used to provide a wide range of different learning activities in a blended or online learning environment.
Open educational resources can be adapted to meet the learning outcomes of specific courses. They can also be adapted to be more representative and inclusive, helping with decolonisation and to reflect specific contexts such as the Welsh context. There is also the option of translating them into Welsh.
Open educational resources provide unlimited access to resources and enable access before and after the course.