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In Favor of Open Educational Resources


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Brief thoughts on why we need Open Educational Resources

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In Favor of Open Educational Resources

  1. 1. Brief comments by Dr. Bev Farb
  2. 2. . Knowledge can be lost. The destruction of indigenous cultures, including all their skills and collective wisdom, is a tragic illustration. Indigenous Camarvon by Pierre Pouliquin licensed by CC BY-NC Open educational resources (OER) preserve collective knowledge.
  3. 3. . Academic disciplines were once fiercely territorial. But increasing cooperation has taught us much. For example: Natural scientists and social scientists used to argue about the relative power of “nature vs. nurture.” All now acknowledge a balance between the two. Baby Giant Turtle by Robert Clark licensed by CC BY-NC Open educational resources (OER) increase cross-disciplinary understanding.
  4. 4. . In order to meet changing student needs, we instructors need to frequently rethink what we offer. When our work is fully accessible, we have each other as role models. 365.94 to cross by Michael Verhoef licensed by CC BY NC ND Open educational resources (OER) help academic peers mentor each other.
  5. 5. . Great education can flow from unexpected people. So we need a forum on education where all ideas have a chance to be heard. Idea by Pimthida licensed by CC BY-NC-ND Open educational resources (OER) enhance democracy of thought.
  6. 6. . Education is the fastest and most secure way of climbing out of poverty. Education is still a privilege. Many of us would like to see it as a right. Success by Alosh Bennett licensed by CC BY ………………. Open educational resources (OER) make quality education available to all.
  7. 7. Challenges of Open Educational Resources  Are still limited (despite rapid growth).  May homogenize education (if limited offerings remain).  Suffer from lack of funding.  Pose a threat to traditional educators (who may be replaced if offerings expand).  Rely on a trusting community which can be violated (despite built-in protections).