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What are OER?
"Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other learning applications..."
From: 7 Things you Should Know about Open Educational Resources (EDUCAUSE)
Depending on how the resource is licensed determines whether it can be reformatted or customized in some way.
OER are often licensed through Creative Commons (CC), a non-profit organization. More information about the various creative commons licenses can be found on the Creative Commons website.