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Open Educational Resources

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This page will pull together information on Open Educational Resources.


According to the JISC Open Educational Resources [OER] infokit there is no one, standard definition however, the following broad definition of OERs from OER Commons seems to be generally accepted by the community:


Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.


The definition proposed by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation stresses issues related to licensing and copyright:

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.


The OLCOS Roadmap 2012 identifies the following core attributes of OERs:


  • that access to open content (including metadata) is provided free of charge for educational institutions, content services, and the end-users such as teachers, students and lifelong learners;
  • that the content is liberally licensed for re-use in educational activities, favourably free from restrictions to modify, combine and repurpose the content
  • Free Software/Open Source software) 




Resources of interest  Comments 

A special issue of the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-learning entitled "Creativity and Open Educational Resources (OER)” - the Guest Editors are Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen, Aarhus University, Graínne Conole, University of Leicester, UK, and Asger Harlung Aarhus University, DK. 

conversation with Peter Gledhill   notes about a meeting concerning the literacy framework and ideas for cataloguing resources
resources for teachers a list of open educational resources that are available for use in school


Stuff from Anna to RP



International initiatives:


Some press articles:


Other Resources 



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