Peter Suber is a pioneer of the open access movement, currently serving as Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, and a Senior Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center. His overview on open access is widely cited.
"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder."
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are freely available pedagogical resources, such as lesson plans, activities, media, and supporting materials. They're a type of open access material, and open access materials such as OA journal articles, OA textbooks, and other scholarly materials may support OER lesson plans.
Open Educational Resources are broadly considered to meet the “5Rs Framework,” meaning that users are free to:
From https://www.sparc.arl.org/about. SPARC® is the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
Roger Williams University's Lindsey Gumb gives these tips for beginning to use OERs:
Making the switch to OER can be overwhelming if you just dive in. Have a goal and keep these tips in mind:
An open course on how to begin using OERs from Open Washington will provide you with a brief overview of how to get started using OERs. From Module 1:
This course walks you through techniques to incorporate Open Educational Resources (OER) into your teaching practice. The course will cover the fundamental aspects of OER including open licensing and public domain. It focuses on providing practical guidance in locating and applying openly available resources. It is expected that upon completion of this course participants will be able to
Digital repositories are institutionally-supported tools that archive, preserve, provide access to the digital materials created at that institution. Often search tools such as Google Scholar provide access to materials held in digital repositories.
Salve Regina's institutional repository is often referred to as Digital Commons.
Other major digital repositories are listed in the Directory of Open Access Repositories.