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Open Educational Resources (OER) & Textbook Equity

OER Glossary


identifying who has originally created a published work - may be a requirement of a license if an item is repurposed or re-used


Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Licenses are applied to published work online and offer simple and clear information about what other people can and can't do with that work. 



a form of 'intellectual property' that gives the owner (usually the author) of an original work exclusive rights relating to the copying, dissemination and adaption of the work. Less restrictive copyright licenses are available - see 'Creative Commons License'.



a range of 'self-help' material that promotes the effective strategic planning and management of information and learning technology within institutions.


Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

a generic term that relates to copyright, trademarks, patents, and other claims for 'ownership' of a resource - whether registered or unregistered. 


Learning resources

educational resources, digital or otherwise, used to support learning.



'data about data' - i.e. detailed characteristics about a data set, often gained by tagging resources. Examples of metadata include: author, creation date, file type, abstract, etc.



Open Educational Resources are learning materials that are made freely available for use, remixing and redistribution. 


Open Access 

a publishing model whereby authors make their content freely available with publishing costs met by authors or the institution to which they are affiliated.


Open Movement

a term used as a catch-all to refer to attempts to make information freely available. This includes, among others, Open Source Software, Open Educational Resources, and Open Access.


Open Source Software

software where the programmer(s) allow access to the 'source code', or programming language. Anyone is free to use and/or modify this code for their own purposes.  



to make use of a resource as it is, for the original purpose intended. 



a place to put resources for safekeeping and dissemination. 



to make use of a resource either after modification or for a purpose other than that for which it was originally created.


Adapted from JISC Open Educational Resources InfoKit