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Acceptance criteria for OER providers

Open Educational Resource (OER) is a digital object available through the Internet under a special license for free use and accessible to the public. OER are protected by terms and conditions of use set by the author or the public domain.

To add a new educational resource in the catalog it must come from a validated source (OER provider) and must meet the following conditions:

  • Access to resources is for free use and public; is not subject to payment to access the content.
  • Access to educational resources is not subject to a subscription or registration of any kind, for example, user account creation
  • The website provider of the resource has a legal section with terms and conditions of use (except in the case of a website subsidized by a government entity) which clearly explains the license or use restrictions which are subject the contents. The conditions of use of the contents should allow its use for educational purposes. Example of a document of terms and conditions of use: Creative Commons (CC), available at http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/
  • The terms and conditions of use of the resource provider do not require the user to send a written request to make use of resources.
  • Within the policies and conditions of use, the resource provider does not prohibit direct reference to its contents, that is, does not prohibit a hyperlink or shortcut to your content that avoids the need to navigate the site until reach the resource (this action is also known as deep-linking).
  • Publication of educational resource is indefinite; this means that there is no explicit date in which the resources expire. For example, it is not acceptable those websites that primarily publishes newsletters on the Internet and usually are valid for a couple of weeks and then are removed by the site provider.
  • The educational resource provider has a reliable precedent; this means, that is an institution, organization or entity formally established.