What are OERs?
Assignment 2 asks the Emerging Market Teams to explore specific emerging markets and do the following:
- Produce an open educational resource (OER) covering one of these emerging markets;
- Deliver an engaging, interactive experience for the whole class using their OER; and
- Publish a final OER enhanced by cohort response.
So, what is an OER?
“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.” (p. 4 of the Hewlett OER Report – pdf)
“Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.”
“digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students, and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning, and research. OER includes learning content, software tools to develop, use, and distribute content, and implementation resources such as open licences.”
“[O]pen educational resources should be freely shared through open licences which facilitate use, revision, translation, improvement and sharing by anyone. Resources should be published in formats that facilitate both use and editing, and that accommodate a diversity of technical platforms. Whenever possible, they should also be available in formats that are accessible to people with disabilities and people who do not yet have access to the Internet.”
“Open educational resources (OER) are digital materials that can be re-used for teaching, learning, research and more, made available free through open licenses, which allow uses of the materials that would not be easily permitted under copyright alone.”
“The term “Open Educational Resource(s)” (OER) refers to educational resources (lesson plans, quizzes, syllabi, instructional modules, simulations, etc.) that are freely available for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing.”
“Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.”
The Fours Rs
Some Examples of OER Sites
Connexions – http://cnx.org
OER Commons – http://www.oercommons.org/
OpenCourseWare Consortium – http://www.ocwconsortium.org
Open Educational Quality – http://oer-quality.org/
Wikiversity – http://en.wikiversity.org
So, the intent of Assignment 2 is for you to produce a web-based, freely accessible, learning resource that explores an emerging technology market. It should be a Creative Commons-licensed open educational resource that uses an Attribution-ShareAlike license.