1.4 Find out more

Understanding Open Educational Resources [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , by the Commonwealth of Learning, is a wonderful resource that will tell you probably everything you need to know about OER. Check Sections 1.1 to 1.5 in relation to what we’ve been discussing here this week.

Open educators Catherine Cronin and Viv Rolfe have launched the GoOpen wiki ‘to share resources and approaches with anyone wishing to explore open education’. You are invited to have a look and, of course, contribute to it.

If you are interested in more academic reading, Tita Beaven writes about how three language teachers engage with OER in OER (re)use and language teachers’ tacit professional knowledge: three vignettes.

For the latest research on OER and open education, we suggest you follow IRRODL, The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, and also Open Praxis, published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).

You can now move on to Week 2 Find and evaluate OER.

1.3 OER good or bad?