What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research resources made freely available for use and often modification. Importantly, the open education approach means that many OER have been peer reviewed either formally or informally by a community of educators. OER can be downloaded, embedded, re-used or adapted to suit particular teaching or learning activities, depending on the license, and can include:
- courses and units: structured sequences of information and activities in large chunks aimed at set learning outcomes. This also includes MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) which utilise and promote learner autonomy and social networking to establish very large cohorts.
- learning activities: lessons plans, lectures, tutorial and classroom activities, assessment items (for example, Cordova Anatomy).
- digital assets: textbooks, research, lecture recordings, image files, video clips
- diagrams, graphs, power-point slides, data sets (for example, iBioseminars).
- software: simulations, games, virtual laboratories (for example, labVIEW).