Open Educational Resources



So what are open education  resources? 






‘Open education is changing lives’.

   ‘Equal access to knowledge means equal opportunities in life’.



Famous global examples of OER


Using OER (Open Educational Resources) in the classroom:

žOpen educational resources (OER) are growing in breadth and quality, as is the use of these materials in classrooms, networks, and school communities.

žžThe use and adoption of OER materials is increasingly a matter of policy in schools, especially in the many disciplines in which high quality educational content is more abundant than ever.

A big mistake about OER.

žOften mistaken to simply mean “free of charge” .

žAdvocates of OER have worked towards a common vision that defines it more broadly — not just free in economic terms, but also in terms of ownership and usage rights.


The goal of OER is:

žThe goal is that OER materials are:

ž 1. Freely copiable

ž2. Freely remixable

ž3. Culturally sensitive – žFree of barriers to access, sharing, and educational use.

open goal


In 2013

žIn 2013, the EU identified the development of OER as:

žOne of three actions of the “Opening Up Education”.

žIt was an initiative proposed to bring the digital revolution to schools and universities.

žAs part of this initiative, a web portal called “Open Education Europa” was launched.


The focus now today is:

žThe focus is increasingly moving to the process of learning than on the body of information conveyed.

What is the appeal?

žPart of the appeal of OER is that they are a response to:

ž1. The rising costs of traditionally published resources.

ž2. The related lack of educational resources in some regions.

Benefits of OER

žA major consideration of OER initiatives lies in resolving intellectual property issues to ensure that the resources:

žShared for free

žAdaptable for anyone

žFor any purpose.


How is OER verified?

žThere are three ways in which OER quality is commonly verified:

ž1. The users and/or community.

ž2. By a peer review process.

ž3. By adherence to an established quality assurance criterion.



What is available to aid teachers?

žTo aid teachers with integrating OER into their classroom practices, the “OER Commons” is an online hub for:

ž1. Content curation

ž2. Training that was developed by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.

žThe “OER Commons” provides teacher education on the use and creation of learning materials with:

ž1. Open Author, a three-step online publisher that licences and shares the content with the “OER Commons” community.

ž2. In addition to offering face-to-face training

ž3. Sessions with the “Teachers as Makers Academy”.

žThe project also provides a year-long mentorship programme and webinar trainings as part of the “OER Fellowship Programme.”


An example: Klascement in Germany

žStarted in 1998 as a resource website for primary and secondary teachers in Belgium to share teacher generated content.

žAs of 2014, it is part of the Ministry of Education. The site now includes OER suitable forcrossborder usage and examples of best practices.

To evaluate OER

žOER Commons is a model for teacher education that transcends national boundaries and provides a variety of training options to teachers everywhere.

It is an amazing educational resource that all teachers should utilise!





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