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Open Educational Resources (OER)

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Open Educational Resources (OER)

  1. 1. Open Educational Resources (OER) What I learned spring 2015
  2. 2. What and When are Open Educational Resources?  Educational material or materials used to enhance education  In public domain or licensed to permit free use & re-purposing  Any medium is possible  Available on-line so use… whenever  Can upload your work on line…whenever
  3. 3. Who makes OERs? Who uses OERs?  Anyone!  Schools have set website of free courses to educate anyone in the world  Individuals, including students can license their work http://creativecommons.org/
  4. 4. Where can you find them?  Easy to use site abound depending on type of materials desired  Check out http://www.openwa.org/find-oer/ Hit the down arrow on the screen and a wealth of open texts appear  Check out Project Gutenberg for classic books http://www.gutenberg.org/  Check for “public domain and creative commons licensing on other sites
  5. 5. Benefits of OER …other than already listed  Accessible by the entire world!  Quick circulation of new projects  Decrease cost$$$ for learners  Ties alumni to institutions  Contributes to free lifelong learning Augments regular in classroom
  6. 6. Drawbacks of OER  Verifying material are truly open access resources  Keeping OER texts, videos, images current with state of the art teaching  What is the free content is poorly written, presented, or downright inaccurate?  Dependent on grants and soft donation sources for updates  On-line learning with no opportunity for student teacher interaction  Cultural or language barriers/misunderstanding with world learners  Technical issues- some students may have poor internet connectivity  Courses may require software students cannot afford

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