Open Educational Resources


The term Open Educational Resources is ten years old this year – it was used for the first time in a UNESCO conference in 2002 (Hylén, 2006). Hylén (2006) says that open educational resources mean that these educational resources are made available to all those who seek it whilst eliminating technical, price and legal permissions barriers. Furthermore, users can also edit and build upon these OERs, so long as the creator of that OER is acknowledged (Hylén, 2006). An OER typicially consists of the learning content including learning objects, tools that help to manage and develop the OER and implementation resources which includes intellectual property licences (Hylén, 2006).
References
Hylén, J. (2006). Open Educational Resources: Opportunities and Challenges.Open Education. OECD. Retrieved January, 9 2012 from http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/5/47/37351085.pdf


OER Commons website
http://www.oercommons.org/
This website has many OERs about various subjects at different levels. Here are some about Computing that I have found:
- A quiz about computer devices: http://www.oercommons.org/courses/computer-devices-quiz/view
- ICT Internet crossword: http://www.oercommons.org/courses/the-internet-crossword/view
- Lego Robots League Challenge: http://www.oercommons.org/courses/lego-robots/view
- Video showing how to create subtitles with Quick Time: http://www.oercommons.org/libraries/how-to-create-subtitles-with-quicktime/view
- Lesson Plan about Cyberethics - contains some great ideas: http://www.oercommons.org/courses/cyberethics-for-teachers-a-lesson-plan-for-teachers-of-elementary-and-middle-school-children/view

Searching for OERs
- A number of search engines are listed here that specifically search for OERs: https://openeducationalresources.pbworks.com/w/page/27045418/Finding%20OERs
- http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Finding_OER
- UNESCO page for the UNESCO OER community: http://oerwiki.iiep.unesco.org/index.php/Main_Page
- List of OER websites: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/open-educational-resources

Jorum website
http://www.jorum.ac.uk/
- Digital vs. analogue: http://resources.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/13925

Research Papers
- Open Content Licensing (OCL) for Open Educational Resources: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/33/10/38645489.pdf
- Open Educational Resources: Opportunities and Challenges: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/5/47/37351085.pdf



Copyright and eLearning

Digital Copyright for e-Learning : http://www.diceproject.ch
An article about Creative Commons and four resources on how it work : http://tinyurl.com/7fj8rm2


Patent
Patent Area (http://www.patentarea.com/) is a website where one can patent any invention.

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