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Open Education Resources

Open Education ResourcesThe Benefit, Challenges and Opportunities!

By Sandra K. Campbell

Open Education Resources:Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes. Although some people consider the use of an open format to be an essential characteristic of OER, this is not a universally acknowledged requirement.

The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to curb the commodification of knowledge[1] and provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.[2] Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

OERUsed to gain information, and enhancement of skills and knowledge or to help with remediation in an area.

Knowledge available for global population use.

Can be self-paced.

Available for teachers use in a classroom as supplemental or main material on chosen topics.

OER provides an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences globally.

OER can create interactive experiences.

A means for people to share their expertise on a topic.

Benefits Global digital divide creates inequality in technology availability.

The accuracy and validity of the material needs to be verified.

Knowing where to look to find OERs.

Improving and increasing the number of good quality OERs in a variety of subject areas.

As technology becomes more advanced will OERs still be a viable source?

ChallengesOpportunitiesAs technology improves and more and more people are able to login to the internet, they will be able to find OERs for their personal gain of knowledge or as a resource for educators to supplement or be the complete material source for a subject.

Many educational institutions are producing OER materialsthey could be educators of how and why OERs are of value.

Technology will become more accessible to the public which means people will be able to retrieve OERs more readily.

Education will turn more and more to the internet as technology improves which means well managed and improved OERs will become needed and necessary.