Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Open Educational Resources for Extension

What is OER?


The term Open Educational Resources (OER) was coined at UNESCO’s 2002 Forum on Open Courseware and designates “teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. Open licensing is built within the existing framework of intellectual property rights as defined by relevant international conventions and respects the authorship of the work” (UNESCO, 2012). One of reason that OER are important is that they enable effective strategies for enabling knowledge to be built upon by others, in ways that go beyond viewing documents on the web.