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OERs are “free.” This means that users of the text do not have to pay for the information contained in the OER (although they may sometimes have to pay for printing costs if they want a physical copy of the book). “Free” means much more than that, however. Users are free to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the information contained in the text. What do each of these permissions mean? Here’s what David Wiley says about these permissions:

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This book is licensed using a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. This means you are free to share and adapt the information in this book as long as you give appropriate credit to the author(s) of the particular material you use. You also must provide a link to the license and indicate whether you made any changes to the material.


Because some of the material in this book was written at PSU for other purposes, some of the author information has been lost. Other material was written by groups whose membership was not recorded. If there is something in this book that you contributed to and your name is not in the following list, please let me know and I will give appropriate credit.

The following people contributed to material about General Education at PSU in reports from committees or task forces or in the academic catalog that has been included in this handbook:

Ben Amsden

Mary Campbell

Patricia Cantor

Cathie LeBlanc

Robert Miller

Holly Oliver

Wendy Palmquist

Joey Rino

David Zehr


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