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This week you have been introduced to Open Educational Resources and the wide variety of forms they can take. You have looked at some OER repositories and started to consider how Creative Commons licensing works. One further consideration that needs to be made when utilising shared resources is their accessibility and whether it suits your learners’ needs. Accessibility is the topic of next week’s materials.

Meanwhile, what has Rita made of the wealth of possibilities OER can offer her?

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I knew very little about Open Educational Resources. My experience extended as far as searching for images on Google and not much more than that, although my friends and I do exchange things that we have found on the internet that have become useful in our teaching, so I guess in a way those are OERs to a degree.
I have found some great materials whilst visiting some of the OER repositories. I have downloaded quite a large quantity of resources! It is going to take me a long time to sort through everything I have downloaded, but I am already certain that there are materials there that will save me a lot of time and effort when I come to creating my online teaching materials.
I think I understand the concept of Creative Commons licensing so I should be able to easily see if the things I find are reusable or not. It is good to know that I am using other people’s work in an appropriate way, and that my learners can also make use of these free resources.
I had never dreamed that my own materials might be useful to other people, but I have made a decision to try to share. What I plan to do is to deliver my course one time, to one cohort, and then to make any adjustments to it that are necessary after the feedback from the first cohort of learners. When I have done that, I will apply Creative Commons licences to my work and share it. It is a scary prospect, but I think I should make an effort to give something back after I have used other people’s shared resources.
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