Thousands and thousands of Open Educational Resources (OERs) offer unlimited opportunities for individualized, responsive, and independent learning – but their sheer quantity and mixed levels of quality and educational effectiveness make finding and assessing the best resources a challenge.
The resources below explore all aspects of OER – highlighting strengths and cautions for their use and production.
Ten Facts About Open Educational Resources (OERs)
OERs encompass a wide range of materials, including textbooks, syllabi, lecture notes, learning modules, videos, and multimedia applications.
Building on Open Educational Resources – What’s Next?
There is plenty of room for growth and development in the use of OER and open practices. Indeed, balancing new development with a desire to increase the utilization of existing resources is a key challenge for those leading the OER “movement”.
Bold Agenda for Open Education
Educators and institutions have essential roles to play in contributing to and taking advantage of this new environment of openness to improve educational access, success, and quality.
Focusing on the Future of Open Educational Resources (OER)
The future integration and successful use of Open Educational Resources (OER) are linked to four key elements in their development and adoption: building commitment, assuring quality, unbundling and language diversity.
How “Do-it-Yourself" (DIY) is Playing a Key Role in Digital Course Development in Higher Education
The DIY approach to course design and development allows colleges and universities to quickly jump into online learning. But the impact of DIY on digital higher education has not been altogether positive.
Some Myths about Open Educational Resources
OERs are now part of the fabric of the higher education system and will grow over the next several years. But what is the other side of the OER story? Are there some myths and legends that need to be exposed.
Why Faculty and Instructors Use Open Educational Resources
Why would a faculty member want to explore and then use OER? Here are five compelling reasons.
How Open and Free Content will Transform Post-secondary Education
The move to more open content is a change in mindset about the ownership of knowledge and access to knowledge, especially knowledge funded, curated and transmitted through the public purse.
Open Educational Resources (OER) - A Video Primer
A series of 10 short, informative videos that address the what, why, where, and how of OER.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
How Relevant and Practical are Open Educational Resources?: A Case for a Little Humility About the Potential
The real value of OERs will be to shift instructors away from the creation and delivery of content to focusing on how best learning can be developed and facilitated for, in and by our students.
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