Hege Library & Learning Technologies

Copyright, Fair Use, & Intellectual Property

OER are freely available teaching and learning materials that are in the public domain or are openly licensed to allow everyone access to:

  • Retain- ability to own, keep, and make copies of the item

  • Revise- ability to edit or modify the content

  • Reuse- ability to use the content in different ways

  • Remix- ability to combine content with other material 

  • Redistribute- ability to share content with others

OER can be textbooks, videos, online courses, or any other format. 

Note: the easiest way to identify OER is to look for a Creative Commons License or a Public Domain mark