Open Educational Resources - ten years ago while leading an ICT professional development cluster of schools for the Ministry of Education, I remember a government official speaking about 'learning objects' and the project that New Zealand was involved in, collaborating with other nations to build assessable, quality, online pieces of learning content that all teachers and students had access to.
It's good to see a couple of years ago the USA Secretary of Education caught up with the idea (see his intro below). Now as a Head Teacher at an International School, a co-Leader of a Google Educator Group and a volunteer Graduate Studies Director for Global University, I see more and more how institutions and groups of learners are sharing what was once closely guarded - their expertise. Educators are giving away their time, coaching their peers and sharing the resources like never before, often aided by free and open online platforms such as Google's Apps for Education (whatever value Google gets out of our data is fair in my mind compared to the technology we are receiving!). So, what are OERs and where can we find them?
You can see some of the videos supporting & explaining the idea, that won some promotional money, on the main website. Click the image below to see the site.
According to David Wiley, OERs there are five factors that explain an OER and the following four are core to OERs.
Click on the large image at the top of this post (OER Commons) to visit a collection of OERs for anyone's use.
Similar to Open Source Software, OERs embed the value of freedom; to use, redistribute, improve and study the building-blocks on which they are created.
OERs have the benefit of being able to integrate into exiting networks or frameworks e.g. linked to via Google Sites or embedded into a Google Classroom lesson or assignment. OERs are efficient due to the scale with which they can be created, shared, improved and used. The OERs that are most beneficial to students will of course, become more valuable to the institutions that integrate them into learning opportunities. OERs also have the chance to radically influence the development of new framewoks, new learning networks and impact pedagogy at its heart as they carry with them the values of 'openness' and collaboration.
Increasingly, this site will add OER links, examples, reviews and ideas.
Globaledtalk.com is a contribution platform for educators, published by Craig T. Hansen