Open Educational Resources By defintion  ‘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 or 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.” (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation) The following supportive links are taken from our Library website

Introduction to OER Youtube clip presented by Catherine Casserley of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation presenting an overview of open educational resources.

OER Commons Key site for the sharing of OER, including K-12 and post-secondary content. Also incorporates a community forum for sharing information on OER. Open Education Research at DMU The School of Allied Health Sciences at De Montfort, led by Dr Vivien Rolfe, have released teaching resources as part of two national OER projects run by the JISC and the HEA JISC OER Programme Information on funded projects (JISC/HEFCE/HEA) supporting open educational resources in UK higher education institutions.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – Open Education Resources Philanthropic funding for the development of OER globally.

iTunesU iTunes online store for educational content. Requires iTunes software to access Youtube EDU Educational video content (caveat – scholarly credentials of this content cannot be assured). MIT OpenCourseWare MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity. Open Source Software is fully configurable by the user community because the source code that underpins specific applications is openly available to the public for analysis, modification, and improvement. This operates in a culture of openness, open content, and communal action. Tim Berners-Lee’s W3C conference keynote on the Mobile Web is also worth a look for an understanding of the cultural artefacts that openness might forge, as is this Guardian article on Open Courseware