The phrase “open educational resource” was coined at a UNESCO forum in 2002, and OERs are “educational resources (e.g., textbooks, instructional modules, simulations, multimedia applications) that are freely available for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing.” Such materials are generally released under a Creative Commons that supports open or nearly open use of the content. OER expand access to high quality instructional resources in formal and informal learning situations to more students and they have the potential to drive innovation to support effective teaching. OER can be endorsed, adopted, and improved by educators, resulting in instructional materials and resources that embody what the educational community sees as most valuable. Furthermore, learners can take advantage of access OER to direct their own learning.
This session will include an introduction and review of the OER movement, highlights of OER initiatives (such as MIT’s OpenCourseWare project and the Open University’s Open Learn), a summary of the elements of Creative Commons licenses, a review of open educational resources for use in discipline-specific courses, and strategies for evaluating, adopting and/or developing OERs for use in traditional and online courses. In addition, the session will include an overview of the Bridge to Success project, deliverables and impact.
Presented by Brandon Muramatsu, Jean Runyon and Patrick McAndrew to the Maryland Distance Learning Association in a webinar on November 2, 2011.