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Open Educational Resources at SFA

OER Defined

OERs or Open Educational Resources are defined by the state of Texas as follows.
From Senate Bill 810

"‘Open educational resource’ means a teaching, learning, or research resource that is in the public domain or has been released under an intellectual property license that permits the free use and repurposing of the resource by any person. The term may include full course curricula, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”

Click HERE to watch the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board webinar about OERTX


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) built the platform OERTX Repository as part of HB 3652 (2019): This bill requires the THECB to contract with a high-quality open educational resource repository to develop and maintain a web portal customized to meet the needs of individual institutions of higher education, students, and others who may benefit from access to open educational resources. OERTX is hosted on the OER Commons platform, which is managed by ISKME.

Five "R"s of OER

Open Educational Resources are materials which are in the public domain or licensed to be shared, revised, and reused (most often under a Creative Commons License). There are five "R" principles, initially outlined by Dave Wiley that make something an OER:

  1.  Reuse - The resource can be reused as is in it's original format
  2.  Rework - The resource can be revised to better meet your needs (also called a derivative work)
  3.  Remix - The original or reworked version of a work can be combined with other resources to better meet your needs
  4.  Redistribute - The resource can be shared freely
  5.  Retain - The user can keep their copy of the resource for their own use, even after the class is done.


Assessment & User Experience Librarian

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Melissa Clark
Ralph W. Steen Library 104E
1936 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75962
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