Open Educational Resources
Digitized materials offered freely and openly for
educators, students and self-learners to use and
re-use for teaching, learning and research.*
*UNESCO. 2002. Forum on the impact of Open Courseware for higher education in developing countries. Final
report. Paris: UNESCO.
Strategies for OER
Open content licenses: OER should be freely
shared through open licenses which facilitate
use, revision, translation, improvement and
Collaborative production: educators and students
can participate in creating, using, adapting and
Open education policy: public access to
publicly funded educational materials.
OER policy developments
UNESCO/COL – Paris Declaration
j. Encourage the open licensing of educational
materials produced with public funds.
Governments/competent authorities can create
substantial benefits for their citizens by ensuring
that educational materials developed with
public funds be made available under
open licenses (with any restrictions they deem
necessary) in order to maximize the impact
of the investment.
Senior Program Manager
Open Society Foundations