According to the Office of Educational Technology
, open education resources (OER) allow districts to update learning materials when new developments occur, for example, when new scientific discoveries are made, new leaders are elected or new state standards must be supported. The ability to update resources quickly and easily maintains the quality and relevance of learning materials.
And, openly licensed educational resources to empower teachers as creative professionals by giving them the ability to adapt and customize learning materials without breaking copyright laws.
To realize the full advantages of openly licensed educational resources, students and teachers need high-speed internet connectivity. The modernization of E-Rate has provided millions of schools and communities access to next-generation broadband in their classrooms and libraries. This increased connectivity makes it possible for a growing number of districts to expand their use of openly licensed educational resources and take advantage of these flexible, dynamic resources.