May 27, 2022

Journal Article: Addressing the Technical Challenges of Open Educational Resources (Preprint)

The following article (preprint) is scheduled for final publication in Vol 19 No 1 of portal: Libraries and the Academy.


Addressing the Technical Challenges of Open Educational Resources


Steven Ovadia
LaGuardia Community College/City University of New York


portal: Libraries and the Academy
Vol 19 No 1 (Preprint)


As open educational resources (OER) becomes a more established concept, its growth and continued success not only center around the creation of new content but also depend upon the development and evolution of existing content, licenses permitting. The evolution of and persistent access to existing content requires easily editable works and the ability to download local copies of OER files so that no technical limitations hinder what the license permits. Such measures as text files, OpenDocument formats, and version control present a way to keep OER content editable and shareable, in compliance with licenses. Librarians are uniquely positioned to help users understand those solutions

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16 pages; PDF.

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