November 27, 2015

Reference: A Guide to Open Educational Resources Published Online by JISC

Claire Groom at JISC has compiled/written a useful guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) that includes an OER timeline and an excellent collection of links to useful materials. It was posted on the JISC site yesterday.

Open educational resources (OER) are learning and teaching materials, freely available online for anyone to use. Examples include full courses, course modules, lectures, games, teaching materials and assignments. They can take the form of text, images, audio, video and may even be interactive.

Teachers, learners and the general public can access and make use of open educational resources, irrespective of their location or affiliation with any particular institution. Open educational resources are shared via the websites of education providers and through public services like i-Tunes USlideShareYouTube and Jorum.

The guide includes the following sections:

  • What are open educational resources?
  • Open educational resources – the story so far
  • Finding and sharing open educational resources
  • Open licensing
  • Approaches to releasing, using, reusing and repurposing open educational resources
  • The rationale for adopting open educational resources
  • Practical guidance: Manage, Find , Use and Reuse, Release, Share, License, Track, Collaborate
  • Benefits case studies: Teacher, Learner, Institution, Communities

Direct to: A Guide to Open Educational Resources

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