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Open Educational Resources (OERs)




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OERs: Basics




Open educational resources

OER definitions:

  • liberally licensed stuff for use in education
  • teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others (Hewlett definition
  • freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes (Wikipedia)

Open Educational Resources meet the “4Rs Framework,” meaning that users have free access and all of the legal rights necessary to:

  • Reuse:  Content can be used in its unaltered form;
  • Revise: Content can be adapted, adjusted, modified or altered;
  • Remix: The original or revised content can be combined with other content to create something new;
  • Redistribute: Copies of the content can be shared with others in its original, revised or remixed form.

Further information:




Types of OER

By level of interactivity with users:

By content format:

  • Text led
  • Video led
  • Animation led
  • Multiple media 


Useful OER resources/handbooks



Benefits of OER for an educator

The reusage of existing OERs helps you to:

  • free up time
  • expand your range of teaching materials
  • find additional sources for students
  • encourage students to refer to and cite teaching materials  
  • encourage students to be educators and start experimenting with learning and teaching materials.

The creation of own OERs helps you to:

  • raise your profile
  • improve the quality of your materials by collaborative work
  • improve your practice by encouraging you to reflect 
  • find people interested in and teaching/learning the same areas as you.
  • look outside your immediate environment and get broader and different views on topic areas.
  • learn new stuff which will reinvigorate your teaching.

Other resources:

 


Benefits of OER for an institution



Benefits of OER for a learner



History of the OER movement



Usage of OERs



Searching for OERs



Quality of OERs



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Releasing own OERs




Benefits of releasing your own OER



Misperceptions about Copyright



Deciding to Create OER



Development of OERs



Publishing OERs



Challenges when developing OERs



Software for making OERs



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OER: Best Practices




Do open educational resources have to be online?



Open textbooks



Open courseware



Open resources and open formats



European OER use cases



Worldwide OER use cases



Books about OERs



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OER Movement




Groups of people or individuals interested in OER



Ideas that stretch the idea of OER



OERs and developing world



Main discussion topics around OERs



Creating of OER and ownership



Fair dealing/use and OER



Current opportunities and challenges of OERs



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MOOCs




MOOCs



Searching for MOOCs



MOOC and OER



Types of MOOCs





Creator: darya (VUA)

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