Online Learning Update

April 18, 2017

Guide to Open Educational Resources

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by Matthew Lynch, Tech Edvocate

The idea that knowledge, resources, and information should be widely available and also free might be a slightly newer concept. Before the advancement of the internet and today’s technology, the idea of access to free information, teaching resources, and even online books was unheard of. If you wanted to learn about a topic, you could pay for the materials and or books to learn about your topic of interest. If you want to teach about a specific area, you needed to develop the materials yourself or pay for them. Many educators now believe that teaching materials and other information should be free. As we begin to share our resources as copyright free materials, we also open the idea globally that teaching, learning, and research materials should be accessible to everyone. Edutopia notes that open educational resources can also save teachers significant time, planning, energy, and resources.

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