Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER)

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Term relates to resources used for teaching, learning and research that are freely available to access by educators, students or self-learners under intellectual property licenses that allow its use and re-purposing. The resources can be adapted, copied and re-used. Open Educational Resources can include, in terms of content, whole courses or certain modules, learning objects, journals, etc; plus software, videos, textbooks or any other materials used to guide knowledge. Examples include Wikipedia and the OpenCourseWare from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). [1] See also: Open Source and Web 2.0

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Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice In 16 chapters written by some of the leading international experts on the subject, the publication describes the OER movement in detail, providing insights into OER’s benefits, its theory and practice, and its achievements and challenges.

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UNESCO OER Toolkit This is a guide for participating in the international open education commons prepared in 2007.
Introduction to OER free online course A self-paced tutorial about open educational resources as alternatives to textbooks for college teachers. Visitors are invited to actively participate by posting Activity Reflection entries to the course Discussion area. This tutorial has 9 Lessons organized into 3 Units: Background, OER Sources, and OER Use.)
OER Commons The OER Commons Website provides free-to-use teaching and learning content from around the world.
OLCOS Tutorials These tutorials intend to support students and teachers in the creation, re-use and sharing of eLearning material.
Learning about OER (Video, 5:04) This video goes through the fisrt steps to understand what OER entail.


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