The term OER describes publicly accessible resources which any user can
OER may be used whether you are a lecturer, a student or a self-learner. For openly licensed OER the most commonly used is the Creative Commons licence. In Trinity's online repository of research, TARA, you can see the details of the licence permissions by clicking on the Original Licence link within the record of the item you are viewing.
This is an example of an Open Access Licence which is used in Trinity's Open Institutional Repository (TARA)
(This material is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence at http://opencontent.org/definition)
The OER life cycle begins with a desire or need to learn or teach something. The following sequence of steps illustrates a typical development process.
Licensing also plays a role throughout the life cycle.
As with all instructional or learning design, each step requires attention to the purpose of the learning resource, its role in the learning process, quality, and accessibility. You should also carefully consider issues of file format, mode of access, and licensing of the components. Each step could involve some degree of collaboration. Where applicable, open source tools are available to support all of these activities.
(Taken from The OER Handbook at https://wikieducator.org/OER_Handbook.)