free is not the same thing as open.
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.
- If you new to OER, welcome! You'll find a plethora of teaching and learning resources out there, some wide open, some most decidedly not. Check for open licensing when using new online learning materials. Be the smartypants who tell your colleagues; wield this new power responsibly.
- If you haven't found what you were looking for in this post, keep looking. Check out the extensive materials on the Hewlett Foundation site. Google "OER mailing lists," a primary way that open education researchers and policymakers stay connected.
- Check out OER Exchange (a Salient Research project in beta), post some resources, search for a few others. Read more. Write more. Keep the discussion going.
- Visit/edit/critique the open education resources (OER) article on Wikipedia. Is it a good one? Does it seem accurate? If you're a Wikipedian already, dive into editing. Even if you're not, be bold! Leave a message reviewing the article anyway, leaving proposed changes on the article's talk page.
- Spread the word. Knowledge is power. Scientia potentia est.
- Leave your comments/feedback below! Keep the conversations open. Let's practice what we preach.