Big oer v little oer; a comparison of the 'granularity' of open education resources

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Comparison of big and little open education resources; identifies benefits and drawbacks of each. Based on ideas by Martin Weller.

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Big oer v little oer; a comparison of the 'granularity' of open education resources

  1. 1. • Institutionally generated • MIT Open Courseware • OpenLearn • USU Open Courseware • Rice Connexions
  2. 2.  High Quality  Explicit teaching aims  Meet specific learning aims  Uniformed  Structured  Large choice of content
  3. 3.  Cost  Not suitable for repurposing  Discourages creativity  Discourages social interaction  Discourages innovation
  4. 4. • Individually produced • “Frictionless by-product” • Blog posts • Articles • Presentations
  5. 5.  Low cost  Bottom-up production  Supports sharing  Supports staff development  Supports creativity & innovation  Supports participation  Transferrable to different contexts
  6. 6.  Low quality  No explicit aim  Unpredictable use and audience  No framework for dissemination  Greater effort
  7. 7.  Weller, M. (2011b) „Public engagement as collateral damage‟ in The Digital Scholar, London, Bloomsbury Academic. Also available online at http://www.bloomsburyacademic.com/ view/ DigitalScholar_9781849666275/ chapter-ba-9781849666275-chapter-007.xmll  Weller, M. (2012) „The openness–creativity cycle in education‟, Special issue on Open Educational Resources, JIME, Spring 2012 [online]. Available at http://jime.open.ac.uk/ jime/ article/ view/ 2012-02

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