OER COMMONS – Open Educational Resources

Learning is sharing

  • Open Educational Resources are all about sharing.
  • In a brave new world of learning, OER content is made free to use or share, and in some cases, to change and share again, made possible through licensing, so that both teachers and learners can share what they know.
  • Browse and search OER Commons to find curriculum, and tag, rate, and review it for others.
  • Use the Tutorials as a guide. Join and contribute to the global Open Education community. (Homepage).

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About OER: Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared. 

What are some examples of OER Materials?

  • Full university courses, complete with readings, videos of lectures, homework assignments, and lecture notes.
  • Interactive mini-lessons and simulations about a specific topic, such as math or physics.
  • Adaptations of existing open work.
  • Electronic textbooks that are peer-reviewed and frequently updated.
  • Elementary school and high school (K-12) lesson plans, worksheets, and activities that are aligned with state standards.

What can I do with OER?

Here are some real-life examples of people using and contribution to OER.

  • As a teacher, you could reuse and repurpose material for use in your own classroom., and augment your school’s limited resources. A physics teacher could use video from an introductory physics class at MIT, or use interactive simulations from University of Colorado at Boulder’s PhET project.
  • You can learn about subjects that interest you, without cost and without needing to be near a school. A cross-country trucker listens to philosophy lectures from a UC Berkeley professor while he drives long stretches of highway.
  • You can contribute to open math and science textbooks that will be used by students in South Africa.

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