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Open Educational Resources (OER) at MUSC

This guide is designed to introduce OER initiatives, help get you started finding OER, and explain creative commons licenses.

What are OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others (UNESCO, 2019).


Why Adopt OER?

OER Benefits for Faculty:

  • Ability to directly impact and reduce student education costs*

  • Increased flexibility and customization of course materials

  • Accessible course materials better aligned with teaching style and expertise of individual faculty

  • Improved student learning outcomes*


OER - Connection to OneMUSC

Built upon the three pillars of Innovation, Impact, and Influence, MUSC’s strategic direction, OneMUSC, reshapes how we change what's possible with these strategic goals.

  • Create a culture of innovation.
  • Become the preeminent model for inclusion and equity, setting a national standard among academic health systems
  • Reimagine the learning experience to optimize educational value
  • Forge innovative partnerships to increase scale, scope, and impact
  • Build a high-performing, integrated academic health system
  • Integrate our research and clinical strengths to transform health care
  • Promote our thought-leadership to build our national presence and shape policies

Open Educational Resources (OER) positions MUSC to “become the preeminent model for inclusion and equity...” by leading affordable learning initiatives in health professions education. Adopting OER supports our goals to “reimagine the learning experience to optimize educational value,” by replacing high-cost traditional textbooks with free or library-licensed resources, and to "forge innovative cross-campus partnerships to increase the scale, scope, and impact” of MUSC's OER initiatives. Please use the 'Questions' form to reach out if you are interested in learning more about OER Community of Practice as part of our culture of educational innovation at MUSC.