A Review of the Effectiveness & Perceptions of OER
This 4m 40s video summarizes Hilton, Mason, & Clinton-Lisell's review of existing research on Open Educational Resources in 2016. The Review Project is continually updated with new research as it comes out.
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:
Learning content: full courses, course material, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
Tools: software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and online learning communities.
Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.
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.
The OER Adoption Journey is a guided walkthrough of the adoption process for a class/space. Drawing heavily from existing Creative Commons licensed materials instead of recreating this information. The OER Adoption Journey also demonstrates the value and purpose of collaboration amongst OER adopters. At its core, this work is about mindset how adopting faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and other supporters think about their approach to OER adoption in support of student learning within a diverse set of learning spaces.