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3.5 Big and little OER

In The openness–creativity cycle in education [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (Weller, 2012), I suggest that another way of thinking about OER is in terms of their granularity. We have seen large-scale projects such as MIT’s OpenCourseWare that can be viewed as institutional approaches to OER. It is these types of project that Wiley focuses on, and which we can classify as ‘Big OER’.

However, another approach to OER is to produce them at the individual level, as a by-product of the everyday activity of educators, researchers and teachers. This embraces not only specifically designed teaching material, but also other types of content that could be used in a teaching context; for example, presentations, articles, blog posts, etc. This ‘Little OER’ approach is not in conflict with the larger projects but represents another means of tackling sustainability.

Activity 11: The advantages and disadvantages of big and little OER

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