Open Educational Resources, or OERs, are classroom and study materials that are avaliable online and that can be reused and modifed for educational purposed by others.
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What are Open Educational Resources?
According to its 2007 report "Giving Knowledge for Free," the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), OER materials share the following characteristics:
Open Educational Resources can take the form of any materials associated with teaching and learning, including:
Why Use Open Educational Resources?
There are several possible benefits both to using OERs and to sharing your own materials as OERs. Open Eductional Resources may:
While there are considerable potential advantages to OERs, there are concerns about them as well:
Quality control: Some faculty are have concerns about the quality and value of OERs.
Copyright concerns: Knowing what you can do (and cannot do) with a specific OER can be confusing.
Locating OERs: Finding quality OERs and modifying them for a specific purpose requires may require a significant time commitment.
Right now, these concerns have been voiced, but not investigated.
As more OERs are used in the classroom, these issues may be resolved or realized, and other concerns may surface.