Before this class, I had never heard of Open Educational Resources (OER) as a term. I was familiar with free ESL materials like Randel’s Cyber Listening Lab or lessons on the BBC website, but had never considered them OER. Overall the materials on the OER databases seemed to favor K-12 or college level ESL material, so for my work with graduate students the materials were a bit easy. However, I did find ample material focused on college writing that I could use. For example this worksheet on paragraph organization has both clear descriptions of idea paragraphs but also graphic organizers to assist students. When I am creating materials, this type of worksheet can take significant time, so it is great it is here as free resource. At least in my field this concept has been around and is viewed as highly valuable. With so many educator’s abroad, publishers were attempting to get material out to English teacher as quickly as possible. Of course, the majority of textbooks were really expensive, but even as early as 15 years ago ESL professionals has access to photocopial material (although mostly from British publishers. The trend for ESL materials to increase in cost continues and just like topics like science and math the information can quickly age and become boring for students. I remember when these textbooks by Tapestry were cutting edge, they included CNN videos and hot topics in the news. Now of course, despite the publisher’s efforts to address general topics, it is dated. Regarding copyright, that has always been a factor in selecting materials and delivering content so I feel fairly comfortable with it.