Formats of Open Educational Resources

Open educational resources (OER) are essentially educational resources. This may seem obvious, however, sometimes a specialist term can take away the literal meaning of what it embodies. As other educational resources, OER formats can vary between:

  • Presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Quizzes
  • Videos
  • Websites

The difference between OER and other educational resources is their openness. The formats are in such a way that everyone can access, use, re-use, modify, and share them openly. This is entirely possible thanks to open licencing and the use of suitable tools. A lot of OER happens to be in digital formats, largely because these formats are easier to modify and share.

Here are some examples of OER formats:


Wikibooks is a platform where anyone can edit open-content textbooks. The book topics range from computing, languages, to children’s books.

OER Commons

OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

A massive open online course is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access on the Internet. In addition to traditional course materials, such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive courses with user forums or social media discussions to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants, as well as immediate feedback to quick quizzes and assignments.

Some popular MOOC providers are Coursera, Khan Academy, iversity (India), SWAYAM (India), Open University of China.

There are many other formats of OER! What are other OER examples that you find interesting for the field of cultural management?