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Open Educational Resources (OERs) are digital resources used for teaching and learning that have been released under an open licence permitting their use and re-purposing by others.

OERs reduce costs and barriers for students while making learning easier and better. Studies have found a direct link between OERs and higher test scores, lower failure rates, and lower drop-out rates.

OER form part of ‘Open Solutions’, alongside Free and Open-Source software (FOSS), Open Access (OA), Open Data (OD) and crowdsourcing platforms.

Open Education in University of Galway

The Library promotes and supports the use of OERs. This is an emerging and developing area but some of the activities we engage in are:

Open Education supporters are also active in the Open Scholarship Community Galway