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Let’s get down to business.
‘What are OERs, what is OEP, and why should I care?’
Today’s session is useful for all University staff. We’ll show you how to find teaching materials and things that might help you on a course or when facilitating training sessions. There’s some fascinating resources out there and it’s useful for us all to keep up with movements and trends in the sector.
“Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.” (Atkins et al., 2007, p. 4)
OEP is Open Education Practice and relates to the use and creation of open resources – an ethos of embedding the idea of open practice.
Creatives Commons sits at the centre of the OER and OEP movement. For Universities and companies to make resources available, and easily identifiable as OER, they should have a creative commons licences attached to their work, which tells us how we may use their resources. We will talk more about that tomorrow. For more information, visit the Creative Commons website. There’s a number of Open Platforms on their front page.
OERs appear across the web; YouTube, iTunes U, Vimeo being a few of the better known platforms. They also appear within University webpages, and are gathered together in OER directories and search engines. It’s almost impossible to talk about OER without creating your own list of resources/sites/search engines.
Today we’d like you to find something useful and/or interesting on one of the sites below (take your pick) and post a link to it in the comments section.
Post a link to any other collections/search engines of OERs you know of.
Creative Commons search tools is a fantastic way of searching for OERs that have been tagged under the Creative Commons use.
OER Commons for something related to your subject
Shakespeare: the downloads of images are incredible.
Great writers inspire: with some incredible materials curated from sources all over the world.
Science and Engineering – some wonderful free diagrams and GIFs here.
Open Education Consortium – general (although I found some useful Business and Law resources there)
Google Scholar – You’ve learned about Google Scholar before if you completed the first week of 5 Days of Digital Literacy. It’s an online, freely accessible search engine that lets users look for both physical and digital copies of articles. It searches a wide variety of sources, including academic publishers, universities, and preprint depositories looking for peer-reviewed articles.