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Week 5: Finding, using, and sharing educational materials online

Introduction

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Figure 1 Open or not? Images on the internet may be subject to copyright

The internet contains an abundance of images, textbooks, videos, learning objects and more, which teachers could take and use in their teaching. However, this creates opportunities and challenges for online teachers. Not all of these resources can be readily reused due to restrictions of copyright or intellectual property.

This week, we explore this topic and focus in particular on Open Educational Resources (OER). These are online materials that have been shared with the intent that others can reuse them. You will learn about Creative Commons licences, which underpin OER, and which you can apply to share your own work. These make it clear exactly what permissions there are to reuse the shared resources, and provide you with choices about how your own shared resources can be reused by others. Finally in this week, you will examine some repositories and other ways of finding OER to reuse and repurpose in your own context.

Teacher reflections

This week we hear from Andy, who discusses his experiences with finding, using, and sharing OER as part of teaching practice:

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • define Open Educational Resources and list some examples of what this term covers.
  • understand Creative Commons licences and use these properly
  • search OER Repositories and the wider internet for material that you can legally reuse in your teaching.