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:
Open educational resources (OER) are growing in breadth and quality, as is the use of these materials in classrooms, networks, and school communities.
The 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.
Often mistaken to simply mean “free of charge” .
Advocates 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:
The goal is that OER materials are:
1. Freely copiable
2. Freely remixable
3. Culturally sensitive – Free of barriers to access, sharing, and educational use.
In 2013, the EU identified the development of OER as:
One of three actions of the “Opening Up Education”.
It was an initiative proposed to bring the digital revolution to schools and universities.
As part of this initiative, a web portal called “Open Education Europa” was launched.
The focus now today is:
The focus is increasingly moving to the process of learning than on the body of information conveyed.
What is the appeal?
Part of the appeal of OER is that they are a response to:
1. The rising costs of traditionally published resources.
2. The related lack of educational resources in some regions.
Benefits of OER
A major consideration of OER initiatives lies in resolving intellectual property issues to ensure that the resources:
Shared for free
Adaptable for anyone
For any purpose.
How is OER verified?
There are three ways in which OER quality is commonly verified:
1. The users and/or community.
2. By a peer review process.
3. By adherence to an established quality assurance criterion.
What is available to aid teachers?
To aid teachers with integrating OER into their classroom practices, the “OER Commons” is an online hub for:
1. Content curation
2. Training –that was developed by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.
The “OER Commons” provides teacher education on the use and creation of learning materials with:
1. Open Author, a three-step online publisher that licences and shares the content with the “OER Commons” community.
2. In addition to offering face-to-face training
3. Sessions with the “Teachers as Makers Academy”.
The project also provides a year-long mentorship programme and webinar trainings as part of the “OER Fellowship Programme.”
An example: Klascement in Germany
Started in 1998 as a resource website for primary and secondary teachers in Belgium to share teacher generated content.
As 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
OER 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!