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What is Open Education?

Open Education encompasses resources, tools, practices and policies that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment. The movement for open education seeks to tap into the vast potential of technology and the Internet to support more affordable, effective teaching and learning.

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

What are Open Education Resources (OERs) CC BY-SA 2.0

Remember the 4 Rs!  

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are licensed for:

Reuse – the right to reuse the content in its unaltered / verbatim form

Revision – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself

Remixing – the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new

Redistribution – the right to make and share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others

Creative Commons licenses

The explicit licensing of Open Educational Resources for the purposes of reuse, revision, remixing, and redistribution by others is a key characteristic.  The most commonly used licenses to accomplish this are Creative Commons licenses, in particular the CC BY license that simply requires attribution of the creator for any of these uses, the CC BY NC attribution, non-commercial uses, and the CC BY Sharealike or CC BY NC Sharealike – where (either commerical allowed or non-commercial only) those who re-use the material in any way must also license their new product with the same kind of license (so that others can use their material as well). ~David Wiley,  

Your Global Audience Is Here

The Academic Commons is an open access scholarly repository and publishing platform for the Stony Brook University community.  Works in Academic Commons are: freely accessible online, regularly backed up, easily discoverable via search engines, and assigned a permanent URL so they can always be found.

A home for your scholarship

In addition to research articles, use Academic Commons to share your manuscripts, open textbooks and more. Academic Commons supports a variety of file formats, and we encourage you to deposit related materials with your texts (including data, images, audio and video).

Begin sharing your research and creative work  Visit, or contact Darren Chase, Scholarly Communication Librarian, to discuss Academic Commons, open access or other scholarly communication topics.  Email call 631.632.9830.

Open Courses & Courseware

An education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Our technology enables our partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds. | About Courses |

At edX, we believe in the highest quality education, both online and in the classroom. EdX was created for students and institutions that seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses. As innovators and experimenters, we want to share what we discover. The edX platform will be available as open source. By conducting and publishing significant research on how students learn, we will empower and inspire educators around the world and promote success in learning. | About | Search | Browse |

Khan Academy
A non-profit educational website created in 2006 by Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School to provide "a free world-class education for anyone anywhere." The website features micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare, medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and computer science. | About | Search | Browse | 

(Higher Ed focus) The collection consists of tens of thousands of  discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder webpages, together with associated comments, and personal collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material.  All of these items have been contributed by volunteer contributors who have either authored the materials themselves, or who have discovered the materials, found them useful, and wished to share their enthusiasm for the materials with others in the teaching and learning community. | About | Search | Courses|

MIT Open Courseware (OCW) 
A web-based publication of virtually all Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) course content. Open Courseware is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. Through OCW, educators improve courses and curricula, making their schools more effective while students find additional resources to help them succeed. | Courses | Advanced Search |

Open Learning Initiative
Innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach, with an aim is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.

An open education initiative that enables faculty, students, and others to share their educational resources and research with the global learning community.

Open Yale Courses
Provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences. | About | Courses |

OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCWC)
worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education. | Aboout | Courses |

Head of Research & Emerging Technology

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Janet Clarke
Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library


Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300

tel. 631-632-1217

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