OER Basics

About OER

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly exacerbated the country’s economic challenges, making it even more difficult for many students to afford the costs of higher education, especially high-priced textbooks. Even before these recent events, the 2019 West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 2853, which calls for state agencies to encourage and facilitate use of open education resources (OER), a proven strategy for reducing students’ financial burden.


OER, as defined by House Bill 2853, are “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.”