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    • Open Education Resources -Why OERs ? Jessie Chuang Classroom-aid.com
    • Free LearningFirst of all, OER can reduce education costsubstantially. Districts can save textbook cost topurchase technologies. http://www.flickr.com/photos/56155476@N08/6660098369/
    • Productivity Increased availability of high quality learning materials can contribute to more productive students and educators. No need to duplicate similar efforts.http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/3596406125/
    • Contextualized /Personalized LearningAs education is a contextualized practice, and learners areall different, it is important to make it easy to adapt andcustomize learning materials and instructional design. http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceanflynn/309589221/
    • ConstructionismThe principle of allowing adaptation of materials providesconstructing roles for students as active participants inlearning processes, who learn best by doing and creating,not by passively reading and absorbing.OERs provides building blocks (texts, clip arts, photos,videos) for constructing knowledge, and licenses forlearners to publish online to an authentic audience. http://www.flickr.com/photos/soft/2340756122/
    • Professional DevelopmentOER provides institutions and educators access, at no cost,to the means of production to develop their competence inproducing educational materials and instructional design. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathplourde/
    • Higher QualityAll things being equal, collaboration or community effort willget higher quality in outcomes. OERs can be modified,users often tailor and combine them to create "best-of -breed" assemblages. Teachers, districts and states areincreasingly creating digital curricula by combining OERsfrom multiple sources. http://www.flickr.com/photos/raphaelle_ridarch/5314917023/
    • User-Generated ResourcesMany user-generated resources are available for use andreuse at no cost. Modifications are already happeningglobally as people are taking OERs and programs from onenation and adapting them for the norms and needs ofanother. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mathieustruck/392925625/
    • Long Tail, Diverse, Specialized Network-based OER can provide access to “long tail” distributions of very specialized and diverse content. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jev55/6227289678/
    • Open ParticipatoryLearning Infrastructure (OPLI)An OPLI can leverage diversity of use, radical repurposing ofcontent, and critical reflection. This perspective is consistentwith collaboratories in science and humanities communitiesand the social software and the Web 2.0 movement moregenerally.Such an infrastructure supports diverse ecosystems ofpeople and learning resources that could have profoundimplications for preparing people for a rapidly evolvingknowledge-based world, one demanding creativity,innovation, and entrepreneurialism from us all.-- The OER report published in February 2007 by Atkins, Brown and Hammond