During the 2019 Regular Session of the West Virginia Legislature, House Bill 2853 established the West Virginia Program for Open Education Resources and added section §10-1-14a to the Code of West Virginia, 1931. This section provides the following definition for open educational resources:
(2) “Open education resource materials” means teaching, learning and resource materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits low cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.
"Open Educational Resources are 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."
- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (emphasis added)
OER can include:
It is not enough to be free. OER should also be "open." But what do we mean by open?
The 5 Rs of Openness
(5 R's text from "The Access Compromise and the 5th R" by WV native and Marshall University alumnus David Wiley, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.)
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