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Funded by college, universities, government, foundations (e.g. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation).
Increase the amount of high quality academic resources available for sharing.
A response to the increasingly high prices of textbooks.
Is Free the Same as Open?
No, free websites, videos and other educational material still have copyright limitations for reuse and sharing. For instance, you aren't necessarily permitted to embed a free eBook or video you found on the web into your D2L course.
Open Educational Resources give you permission to reuse and redistribute to others. Depending on the Creative Commons license type, you can also remix and revise the material.
Read the article below from BCcampus.ca for more info.