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Transnational Education (TNE): Open Educational Resources

An introduction to providing transnational education at Murdoch

Using Third Party Content

Before using any OERs, you need to be aware of the rights of the copyright owner. Please refer to Copyright Matters for further information.

Copyright owners may attach an additional licence to their OER, granting permission to users to exercise certain rights without transferring their ownership. In practical terms, this means users do not need to apply for permission each time they use the OER.

The conditions of use will vary depending on the type of licence which has been applied, such as a Creative Commons licence. It is important to always check the licence terms before using or re-purposing the content.

To discover what these terms are, look for the "Terms of use", "Conditions of use", "Copyright", "licence", "legal disclaimer" and other similar terms on the site where you have accessed the content. If in doubt, please contact the Copyright Coordinator for assistance.

Open Educational Resources

image courtesy of Breno Trautwein


Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational material (text, images, video or audio) in the public domain or introduced with an open licence (UNESCO, 2016). It is important to remember that OERs need to be attributed like any other source of information and that the same standards of credibility apply to OERs as to any other published material.

Finding OERs

There are a number of sources for finding OERs, including many search engines. Here is a selection of tools and resources for finding OERs:

OER Description
OER Commons This is a knowledge base around the use and reuse of OERs. As well as a network for teaching and learning materials, this site provides a single point of access for searching high quality content from around the world.
MERLOT This is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed to and used by an international education community.
Open Textbook Library Textbooks which are able to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. They have been reviewed by colleges and universities for quality.
OpenStax CNX Library This site allows authors and learners to share and freely adapt educational materials such as courses, books, and reports.
MIT OpenCourseWare Web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content.
Khan Academy An online collection of video tutorials.
Open Culture Free movies, eBooks and other resources.
Swinburne Commons A repository of learning objects and OERs created by Swinburne University.
Moving Image Archive A collection of digital movies with open licences.
Xpert A repository of e-learning resources suitable for students at all levels in a wide range of subjects.
MetPublications Five decades of Met publications on art history, available to read, download, and/or search for free.
Digital Commons Network Free access to full-text scholarly articles from universities and colleges worldwide.
Wikimedia Commons A media file repository of public domain and freely-licensed educational media content e.g. images, sound and video clips.
Flickr: Creative Commons Images with Creative Commons licences.
NY Public Library Digital Collections Open access to nearly 700, 000 materials including prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video and more.
HathiTrust Millions of digitised titles from libraries around the world.
Open Knowledge Repository The World Bank's official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.

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