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An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

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In this free course, An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER), you will look at some institutional OER initiatives. These will include MIT's open courseware, Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative and The Open University's OpenLearn. You will get a flavour of how different OER initiatives design and present the content for their audiences. This OpenLearn course will also give you the opportunity to find, discuss and redesign some OER material. You can choose your audience for the material and redesign it to fit their needs.

After studying this course you should be able to:

  • understand and have a better knowledge of some of the choices that practitioners make about ways of applying technologies for a variety of learners across the globe in education, training or professional development
  • understand and have a better knowledge of the potential and actual advantages of open educational resources, and how these might benefit learners in a wide range of contexts.

By: The Open University

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An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)


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In this free course you will get to know more about open educational resources (OER), which can be used on their own or alongside social learning tools that allow learners to share content and experiences.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course H800 Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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