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Open Educational Resources (STA): Defining

This guide highlights selected tools that will assist you with locating, evaluating and using open educational resources (OER) -- specifically open access textbooks.


Defining: Introduction

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO 2020) defines open educational resources (OER) as:
"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."


This Guide focuses on locating, evaluating and using open access textbooks.

Page contents: For More Information | VideoRelated Guides | Disclaimer

Attribution: "Open Education Matters: Why is it Important to Share Content?" by Nadia Mireles (director and author) is licensed under CC BY 3.0.

  • For more videos like this, check out "Five-Minute Film Festival: Why Open Education Matters" (Borovoy 2012).

Defining: Related Guides

The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine (STA) Campus Libraries offer access to 200+ online databases, containing thousands of e-books and more, via our Database A-Z list and UWIlinCThis content may be enhanced or complemented by OER (the subject of this Guide).

As such, do also refer to the Related Research Guides listed below. 

Defining: Disclaimer

Please note that the information included in this guide has been referred to for academic/educational reference, research use (non-commercial) and does not constitute legal advice. 

This guide is therefore not a substitute for consulting, if/when the need arises, with an information and/or legal professional.