2 Why use open practices and resources?

2.1 Introduction

This section of the course focuses on the reasons why you should use open educational resources (OERs) or develop ‘open’ practices within your context. You’ll take a closer look at what the ‘open’ aspect of open licensing means and how this impacts on finding and attributing openly licensed materials. You’ll also look at why you might use open educational practices (OEPs) and openly license your own material. This section closes with a look at digital literacy within the context of open educational practices (OEPs) and open educational resources (OERs).

Learning outcomes

By the end of this section of the course you should be able to:

  • understand some of the reasons why you might use open educational resources (OERs) for teaching and learning
  • explore reasons why you might want to openly license your own material and what the challenges might be
  • understand the importance of digital literacy in relation to openness
  • explore the meaning of ‘open’ in open licensing in more detail.

2.2 The meaning of ‘open’ in open licensing