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Get Up To Speed with OER

This is a self-paced tutorial on locating, evaluating, creating, and using Open Educational Resources. It is based on the Creative Commons licensed work of SUNY librarians and educators, Sarah Morehouse, Mark McBride, Kathleen Stone, Beth Burns, Greg Ketc

What Is Openness?

In this topic, you will acquire a background knowledge of the principle of Openness and how it applies in the educational context in terms of Open Educational Resources. Because this tutorial is about finding, adapting, using, creating, and sharing OER, it is important for you to know exactly what makes them special and unique. Three things make OER different from (and we would argue, better than) any freely available, online educational resources:

  • The values and principles behind creating and sharing them.

  • The methods and best practices that flow from those values and principles.

  • The Creative Commons license that makes it all legal.

As an introduction to the idea of Open Educational Resources (OER) please watch this video, which was the second place winner in the 2012 Why Open Education Matters video competition, sponsored by the Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Foundations. Password: OER (3:05).

Learning Objectives for this Topic

Once you’ve completed this topic, you’ll be able to:

  • Define the term Open Educational Resource and explain the principle of Openness in legal, technical, and societal contexts.
  • Explain how OERs can be used in teaching and learning.
  • Discuss the benefits and opportunities versus the costs and risks of using OERs.
  • Describe the peer production process and explain how it contributes to openness.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons License
OER Up To Speed by Sarah Morehouse is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
The original work is located at http://subjectguides.esc.edu/oeruptospeed.

This resource is a derivative work of the original OER 101 course created by Sarah Morehouse, Mark McBride, Kathleen Stone, Beth Burns, Greg Ketchum. That course was housed in CourseSites and was licensed CC BY. 

For an HTML or XML backup of the current version of the course, please email librarian@esc.edu.

 

If you've made a copy, revision or remix, I would love to hear about it! Email me at librarian@esc.edu.