"‘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.
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: