There are many reasons for using OERs in learning and teaching.
For teaching staff, OERs can supplement and add value to existing curriculum resources.
At the same time, it can reduce the cost of education for your students (moving away from the use of expensive textbooks).
For students, using OERs can expose students to a wider range of digital learning opportunities in the form of open texts, open images, open courseware, and self-assessment tools. According to JISC, learners can benefit from:
See more at Stakeholders and benefits page from Jisc.
Within the bounds of Creative Commons licensing there are 5 key points to consider when using OERs:
1. Reuse - Content can be reused in its unaltered original format
2. Retain - Copies of content can be retained for personal archives or reference
3. Revise - Content can be modified or altered to suit specific needs
4. Remix - Content can be adapted with other similar content to create something new
5. Redistribute - Content can be shared with anyone else in its original or altered format