Open Educational Resources

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Open Educational Resources (OERs) 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.
See an example OER

OERs in teaching

You can use existing OERs in your teaching and adapt them as necessary.

Key resources

More places to look

Explore more OER resources using the Library’s comprehensive list of open courseware and open textbooks.

Create and publish OERs

The Library is part of a new national program that supports academics who want to publish an OER or open textbook.

The program provides participating authors with a community of practice, publishing platform, and information and resources at every stage of the publishing process.

How to participate

Expressions of Interest are still open for this program. Please contact us first to discuss your ideas.

What you need:
  • A desire to increase the success of your students
  • Materials that can be freely used - e.g. a series of your own lectures
  • A meeting with the Open Scholarship team to further develop these ideas before submitting an EOI

Why publish OERs?

Advantages for students

  • Free, easily accessible textbooks
  • Learning material relevant to the Australian context
  • Opportunity for interactive learning with multimedia components

Advantages for academics and authors

  • Adoption and use of your textbook by universities worldwide
  • Can help to demonstrate research translation and early impact
  • Collaborate with students in textbook creation
  • Career development and promotion
  • Be a leader and innovator in education

Contact us

Contact us for Open Scholarship and Data Services at the Library