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Open Educational Resources: Textbooks and Books

The 5 R's of Openness

KEY

GREEN: No limitations
ORANGE?: Varies by resource and may have limitations
RED: Right not granted

RETAIN

 Make, own, and control copies of the content

REUSE

Use the content in a wide variety of ways
(e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)

REVISE

Adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself
(e.g., translate the content into another language)

REMIX

Combine the original or revise content with other open content to create something new
(e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)

REDISTRIBUTE

Share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others
(e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

This key is meant to provide an at-a-glance overview of a collection's openness. Be sure to read and understand the license for each OER you choose to use. 

Source: Academic Librarians and OER: Access, Advocacy, and Activism by Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Caroline Daniels, and Brenda Smith. July 25, 2015. License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

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