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Why Open Educational Resources Matter

by Marla Lobley on 2019-09-18T08:33:03-05:00 in Faculty, Tutorials and Help, Education | Comments

Main take-away

Open educational resources (OERs) can have an impact on an individual and global level-- from reducing textbook costs for students to contributing to the global learning community. To learn more about finding OERs, visit the Faculty OER LibGuide (opens a new tab).


Why Open Educational Resources Matter from Brendan Walsh on Vimeo.



There is no question that our world is evolving. Our tools, our global community and above all, the way that we communicate. It can be argued that the highest form of communication is education: the passing of knowledge through time.

New forms of communication are illuminating new opportunity for educators and students alike. This opportunity is why open education resources matter. Open education resources are teaching, learning research tools that reside in the public domain. They are completely free for use and repurposing.

Let's face it. Ideas and knowledge are spreading faster than traditional forms of learning can keep up with. This raises problems like relevance of material and cost effectiveness for schools. Wouldn't it be revolutionary to have a sustainable form of education that is relevant, constantly updating and completely free.

The revolution is here. Users of open educational resources have absolutely free access to full courses, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, software and other priceless tools. In addition, users have complete permission to revise, reuse, remix and redistribute all open educational resources.

Imagine the classroom of the future: biology students in Haiti can wirelessly study tidal patterns of the northern Atlantic Ocean. History students in California can take a street-view tour of history Gettysburg. Textbooks can wirelessly update with the most recent information free of charge.

These are not educational pipe dreams or fluffy notions. These are very real tools that need to be shared and implemented everywhere. Experience education the way it is intended with relevance and community. Experience the revolution of open educational resources.

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