and even – should the urge strike – kvetch.
Salient Research has developed OER Exchange (OERx), the free, lightweight, online “open education classifieds,” in the spirit of consolidating discussions around this work. OERx is a place to share, discuss, review, highlight, and even – should the urge strike – kvetch. Seeking co-collaborators for a new initiative in the Carribbean? Found a great openly licensed conversational Chinese lesson? Trying to figure out whether Coursera and Khan Academy are actually "openly licensed"? OERx is a place to join these discussions and others.
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 and 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.
- The first allows educators to share educational content in more than 70 subjects, organized into seven subject areas. Teachers can post links to their favorite OER, find links to vetted content, and discuss best practice.
- The second is a space to discuss the OER movement itself – course development, jobs, collaborations, research, events and regional efforts. Learning technologists, school leaders and others can review definitions and troubleshoot advocacy approaches.
- An American teacher hypothesizes about what teaching methods and tools are most effective. He tests one hypothesis in generating his own open, online, Common Core-aligned learning lesson. Success! He'll use it again, yet no one outside his immediate network will know of his exploits. Unless… he could visit OERx to post a description of his experience, soliciting community feedback. Others might learn from his experience and build upon it; contact him directly; or simply create a new post highlighting their own relevant work.
- A learning technologist is also an e-learning administrator at a bilingual primary school. A Flipped Classroom devotee, she gains her first real insights into open licensing when attending a local conference. She blogs about Creative Commons, and tweets questions to complement her blog post, yet has few retweets or replies; she doesn’t know which hashtags to use, or who else might be interested. She may not use Twitter at all. She seeks access to a broader OER community, a more diverse set of colleagues, nearby and perhaps even abroad. But where to look? Well...