What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?
Open Educational Resources are educational materials and resources offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses to re-mix, improve and redistribute.They include:
OER is a relatively new movement in education; educators and learners as well as learning institutions are driving its development. OER provides an alternative to the rising costs of education. It alleviates the burden of student debt while providing opportunities to students who might not otherwise be able to afford or access materials. For example, in some countries like South Africa, many educators and learners are tapping into OER as the only source for textbooks.
OER provides an opportunity to try new ways of teaching and learning, many of which are more collaborative and participatory.
For more information, take a look at this comprehensive guide to OER at Edutopia: Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup
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