Kyle Denlinger // 8 Feb
2013

What are Open Educational
Resources?

“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.”
(

Hewlett Foundation

)

OER
should be free, very available, of high quality, modifiable, adoptable worldwide,
and useful to teachers as well
as students. (

Hewlett Foundation

)

OER
Repositories

MERLOT
(

merlot.org

)
Peer reviewed. Focus on higher
ed. 39,000+ resources.

OER
Commons (

oercommons.org

)

Curated collections. Focus on Common Core. 41,000+
resources.

Connexions (

cnx.org

)

“Frictionless remixing.” Repository
+ LMS. Content
vetted and curated into “lenses” by
reputable organizations.

Jorum (

jorum.ac.uk

)

UK-based repository, focus
on higher ed. 16,000+ resources.

Curriki
(

curriki.org

)

Repository
with a global focus. 46,000+ resources.

What is
OpenCourseWare?

“An OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality
college and university level educational materials. These materials are organized as
courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as
thematic content.

OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the
internet.” (

OCW Consortium

)

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