The term open educational resources (OER) was first introduced at a conference hosted by UNESCO in 2000 and was endorsed in the context of providing free access to educational resources on a global scale.
OER include a varied range of materials: books, case studies, courses, journals, primary sources, assessments, assignments, reference materials, tutorials, tests, and more.
The 5 R's - Source http://opencontent.org/definition/
... Access, Equity and Pedagogy
OER release should be subject to ongoing Quality Assurance process which is transparent and fair, however this is not always the case.
Without preservation of these often one-time start-up OER projects, the initial funding will end after a few years and sustaining the resources will be expensive, the resources may become outdated and the quality gone.
Many do not understand the potential of OER and feel that it threatens their ownership of intellectual property. Also, it takes time to creat and/or locate existing OER.
► Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) Commons - an online space designed to support faculty and staff in discovering materials, collaborating with colleagues, and contributing OER to improve curricula.
► Mason OER Metafinder - performs a simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials.
► OASIS - Openly Available Sources Integrated Search - searches open content from 72 different sources
The toolkit provides information and tools to understand, engage with, and sustain OER in practice.
Use open technologies to facilitate, evaluate, and create open educational resources to share.
Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum using this public digital library of open educational resources.
862 Open Textbooks
Textbooks in the Open Textbook Library are considered open because they are free to use and distribute, and are licensed to be freely adapted or changed with proper attribution.
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