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Adapting Open Educational Resources: Lessons, issues and methods Discussion Area

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Patrick McAndrew
29 June 2009

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errol luders
23:00 on 17 May 2011


xano cebreiro
13:08 on 6 September 2011

Why Use OER?

There are many reasons instructors might want to use OER: 

Free and Legal to Use, Improve and Share

  • Save time and energy by adapting or revising resources that have already been creating
  • Tailoring educational resources to the specific content for your course
  • Expands opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and learning by allowing instructors to integrate and revise multiple educational resources
  • Redefines "traditional" learning by often incorporating multi-media or scenario-based education
  • Allows instructor to go beyond the confines of "teaching to the book"

Network and Collaborate with Peers 

  • Access to educational resources that have already been "peer reviewed" by other experts in your field
  • Many resources have a review or annotation feature so instructors have more in-depth knowledge of the resource and its quality quickly
  • Makes learning and teaching more collaborative

Lower Educational Cost and Improve Access to Information

  • Reduces the cost of course materials, particularly textbooks so that all students have access and aren't as financially burdened
  • Find and access information instantly on virtually any topic, and can access with various devices.
  • Gives learners the option of looking at course content openly before enrolling.
  • Can reduce the students bear, sometimes increasing graduation and retention rates

Choosing OER: Assessing for Quality

With so many freely available resources online, choosing OER can be overwhelming. This checklist contains some suggestions for faculty when choosing resources for use in the classroom. The checklist asks questions in the following areas when making a decision on selecting an OER:

  • Accuracy
  • Relevance
  • Production Quality
  • Accessibility
  • Interactivity
  • Licensing

The checklist can be downloaded here.

Additional readings for open education resource selection can be found here:

Larson Reever
16:14 on 2 May 2017

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Tom Browne
10:10am 8 June 2009


 just registered to use CloudWorks and am finding my way around.  This cloudscape looks like the one for me!

I am project manager of a one year JISC-funded OER project, which started last May.  One of our workpackages, developed in partnership with Grainne Conole, is to see how CloudWorks can be used not just to track usage but to create a community around nature of use, reuse etc. of the resources we make available.   Our utopian ideal, built into our new Educational Strategy, which we are currently drafting, is that staff and students will be in an active partnership, within some teaching-research nexus, around these resources.

 A utopian step too far?


Patrick McAndrew
1:37pm 12 June 2009

Always good to have Utopian ideals! Working openly could well help develop such an active partnership as it gives permission to all to contribute (including students). OER also act as good objects for starting to breakdown other barriers between teaching/research/learning. Good luck with your project.

maria lora
4:55pm 7 July 2017

CloudWorks can be used not just to track usage but to create a community around nature of use, reuse etc. of the resources we make available.


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