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OCAD U Library 2019 Fall: Open Access


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Have you considered using open access texts in your teaching? 

The following are examples of openly licenced resources that can be used without the cost and limitations of commercially licenced textbooks



What is an Open Educational Resource (OER)? 

The term OER (Open Educational Resources) was first defined by UNESCO in 2002 as “any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license” and can “range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.”

In order for a resource to qualify as Open Access, users should be able to

  • Reuse – use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  • Revise – adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  • Remix – combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  • Redistribute – share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
  • Retain – make, own, and control copies of the content

*This material is based on original writing by David Wiley, which was published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at:


For more information on open textbooks and Open Educational Resrouces visit Ryerson's Open Educational Resource guide


Scholarly Communications Librarian

Chris Landry
Scholarly Communications Librarian
T 416 977 6000 x224

Contact me for questions regarding

  • Repository services
  • Open Access publishing
  • Funder requirements regarding open access or open data
  • Collaborating on digitizing past or present research or creative materials 
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • Research Data Management
  • Research metrics

For more information on Scholarly Communications at OCAD U visit our Scholarly Communications library guide