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ABOUT OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
A SURVEY OF OER RESEARCH ACTIVITY
In its simplest form, the concept of Open Educational Resource (OER) describes any educational resource (including curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, multimedia applications, podcasts, and any other materials that have been designed for use in teaching and learning) that is openly available for use by educators and students, without an accompanying need to pay royalties or licence fees. The following articles provide further background to OER.



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OER RESEARCH AND SUPPORT NETWORKS

OPAL Open Educational Quality Initiative
International network to promote innovation through OER
Open Education Special Interest Group
Association for Learning Technology
Open Education Consortium
The Global Network for Open Education
Open Education Resource Foundation
Leadership, international networking and support for Open Education

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OER REPOSITORIES AND RESOURCES

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OUR SISTER SITES

IRRODL
irrodl.org
The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning is a refereed, open access e-journal that disseminates original research, theory, and best practice in open and distributed learning worldwide. IRRODL is available free-of-charge to anyone with access to the Internet, and there are no article submission or access charges for publication in this open journal. Visit IRRODL for the latest in open and distributed research.

CIDER
cider.athabascau.ca
The Canadian Initiative for Distance Eduation Research offers a regular webinar series featuring researchers presenting their latest findings in open and distance education. Visit CIDER for our latest seminar series schedule and archives.

THE eMUNDUS ATLAS
emundusatlas.org
The eMundus Atlas is a world map exploring successful patterns of international collaboration in open educational resources, MOOCs, and credential mobility. Visit the eMundus Atlas and contribute your own project.
RECENT NOTES

The ultimate guide to copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons for educators
July 6, 2020
This Edublogger resource, prepared by Kathleen Morris, Sue Waters, and Ronnie Burt, provides a comprehensive yet reader-friendly overview of copyright for educators: "Copyright is important for all teachers, students, and bloggers to know about. And it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. We’re here to break down the basics of copyright and other related topics like fair use, public domain, and Creative Commons." ...

Covid-19 crisis: UNESCO Call to support learning and knowledge sharing through open educational resources
May 5, 2020
In response to the massive disruption of education due to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting 1.57 billion learners in 191 countries, UNESCO has issued a Call to support learning and knowledge sharing through Open Educational Resources (OER) worldwide. Covid-19 UNESCO Statement: UNESCO joint statement on the use OER in the Covid-19 response UNESCO Global Education Coalition Covid-19 ...

Introducing UPEI's open education resource development program
April 9, 2020
UPEI’s Robertson Library, in partnership with the province and the UPEI Student Union, has created a program to support the creation, adaptation, or peer review of open education resources (OER) at UPEI to lower the cost of learning materials for ...

Discover the new CC Image Search
October 29, 2019
Try the new CC image search with over 300 million images from 19 collections and easier attribution: https://search.creativecommons.org

Colorado OER Annual Report
October 29, 2019
A new report titled “Colorado Rises: TransformingEducational Practices through Open Educational Resources”  highlights the need for wide-scale implementation of open educational resources (OER). In the first year of implementation, Colorado students are saving $3.4 million thanks to OER developed through the statewide grant program. ...