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OER. Open Educational Resources. Definition. Open educational resources are free, online, and most often customizable. They may be entire textbooks, courses, units, lessons, graphics, videos, podcasts, wikis, blogs, etc.

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OER

Open

Educational

Resources

definition
Definition

Open educational resources are free, online, and most often customizable.

They may be entire textbooks, courses, units, lessons, graphics, videos, podcasts, wikis, blogs, etc.

You can find these, alter them, save them, share them, teach with them.

why use oer
Why use OER?

Literacy is not monolithic.

Print is no longer the dominant form of communication.

Print is not the only form of text students need to know how to read.

Kids need a tool box of skills to access content, evaluate it, use it, create it, etc.

why use oer1
Why use OER?

Digital learners -

“These teens were born into a digital world where they expect to be able to create, consume, remix, and share materials with each other.”

Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet and American Life Project

why use oer2
Why use OER:
  • Free
  • Customizable
  • Updateable
  • Easy to differentiate for learners
  • Reputable sources are contributing to what’s out there
some of the contributors
Some of the contributors:
  • MIT
  • Harvard
  • Rice University
  • Arizona State University
  • Stanford University
  • Various non-profit foundations
  • Individual educators around the world
mit s opencourseware
MIT’s OpenCourseWare

Started 10 years ago - 2001

First big, open, online resource

Free notes, videos, tests of most of their courses

No credits given

Resources for teachers

ck 12 foundation
CK-12 Foundation

FlexBooks

Free

Created by educators

Print if you’d like – entire texts or a chapter or two

Minimal cost if you print for students

Some cost if you want them to print entire texts

curriki
Curriki

K-12

Free teaching materials – audio files, videos, etc.

Templates for print materials – worksheets, quizzes, rubrics, etc.

Create groups for collaborating

Need to create an account to search or create and save

connexions
Connexions

Rice University

Search for individual subjects

Create and store items on site

Not entire courses, but units or modules

Need to create an account to search or create and save

oer commons wiki
OER Commons Wiki

ISKME – Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management

Basic introduction of OER

http://wiki.oercommons.org/mediawiki/index.php/Tutorial

K-12 and college level resources

Place to share with other educators

not ready to throw out the textbooks
Not ready to throw out the textbooks?

That’s okay.

We can allow teachers to supplement their materials with OER.

We can differentiate our instruction for our students using OER.

Let’s see what’s out there…

places to start exploring
Places to start exploring:

http://ocw.mit.edu/about/

http://flexbooks-wiki.ck12.org

http://www.curriki.org

http://cnx.org

http://wiki.oercommons.org

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