Online Learning Update

June 30, 2017

Supporting the Full Life-Cycle for OER-Based Lessons is Critically Important

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway, Campus Technology

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that OERs — Open Education Resources — are the future of curriculum. That said, turning OER into actual, coherent, cohesive, aligned curricular lessons is fraught with challenges. The particular challenge under our microscope here is this: we aren’t seeing support for the full life-cycle of an OER-based lesson on OER websites. Say what? Let’s step back — in time — to when curriculum was “atoms (paper) based” in contrast to today’s OER-curriculum that are “electronic bits-based.” While it might not have been explicit, there was nonetheless a “life-cycle” to a lesson that teachers followed:

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