for Open Educational Resources!
What Is OER?
Open Educational Resources are free or low cost materials, textbooks, videos, software, and learning objects that can be used to replace expensive traditional course materials.
OER in the News:
Article in The Journal (Ausust 21, 2013) regarding the Saylor Foundation's Media Library (including videos, images, textbooks, etc) which was recently opened up. Some disciplines have more resources than others, but all are free to re-use.
Blog written by Pat James, Dean of Library and Technology and Distance Education at Mt San Jacinto College, regarding the process from inception to delivery of their Pre-College Level Writing MOOC. Her team was one of three community colleges that received Gates funding toward the development of a MOOC using the Coursera platform.
Interesting article posted in Information Week (August 20, 2013) describing use of Udacity materials, Creative Commons licensing, use of YouTube videos in a course, and the difference between a MOOC and OER.
The new India "National Repository of Open Education Resources" has been launched, and Dr. Tharoor, the Human Resource Development Minister, announced all resources (unless mentioned otherwise) are licensed CC-BY-SA (August 13, 2013). National Repository of Open Educational Resources offers resources for all school subjects and grades in multiple languages. The resources are available in the form of concept maps, videos, audio clips, talking books, multimedia, learning objects, photographs, diagrams, charts, articles, wikipages and textbooks.
Last Updated: February 5, 2013 - Cynthia Alexander