Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research.
As far as is practicable, ScOPT supports the concept of Open Educational Resources to support practice education. The resources listed on ScOPTbox are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License unless specifically stated otherwise.
There is no one, standard definition of Open Educational Resources. 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 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) defines OER as: "digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students, and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning, and research. OER includes learning content, software tools to develop, use, and distribute content, and implementation resources such as open licences". (source)
The WikiEducator project suggests that OER refers "to educational resources (lesson plans, quizzes, syllabi, instructional modules, simulations, etc.) that are freely available for use, reuse, adaptation, and sharing'. (source)
- You can read more about OER on JISC's website at https://jisc.ac.uk/guides/open-educational-resources
- and you might like this Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) from the Open University
Are you interested in creating your own open educational resources?
This free, online course from the Open University will help you to write a learning unit and provide you with links to various resources for open-learning materials.
You will learn about the different purposes of self-instruction and receive advice about the techniques and strategies to help the learner.