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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation defines OER as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) encourages the development, adoption and use of high-quality Open Educational Resources (OER) and other reliable free digital course materials where appropriate.
If you want to take an online course that uses OER, look for the Digital Open designation in the online course schedule when you are registering for courses to find the specific course sections that use free/OER materials and do not require traditional textbook purchases.
The Digital Open OER-Based General Education Project is designed to allow for any student at NOVA to take one or more course sections that utilize free and/or open course materials and digital content to deliver a high quality learning experience without requiring the purchase of textbooks or other course material. The Digital Open OER courses can be taken individually, as a General Education Certificate program, or to complete an Associate’s degrees in General Studies or Social Sciences. The following courses have Digital Open sections that are currently offered online through NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI).