A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources

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A Basic Guide to


Prepared by Neil Butcher
for the Commonwealth of Learning

Edited by Asha Kanwar (COL)
Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić (UNESCO)

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning and distance education knowledge, resources and technologies.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. UNESCO is a specialized United Nations agency promoting international cooperation among its Member States and Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.

The designations employed and the presentation of material throughout this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNESCO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

The authors are responsible for the choice and the presentation of the facts contained in this book and for the opinions expressed therein, which are not necessarily those of UNESCO and do not commit the Organization.

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Any part of this document may be reproduced without permission but with attribution to the Commonwealth of Learning and the author.

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A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Prepared by Neil Butcher
Edited by Asha Kanwar (COL) and Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić (UNESCO)

ISBN 978-1-894975-41-4

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