OER

865x180-oew-web-banner.gif It's Open Education Week! Open education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, referring to the use of legal tools (open licenses like Creative Commons) that give everyone permission to reuse, modify, and share educational resources. Free and open sharing increases access to education and...
fuzzy copyright.jpg All rights reserved. Is copyright a little fuzzy? / Elias Bizannes / CC BY-SA   Following on the heels of "Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and Beyond," three more School of Open courses are now open for sign-up. They are: 1. Copyright 4 Educators (AUS) This course will equip Australian educators with the copyright knowledge to...
The School of Open is offering its second round of facilitated courses! Starting today, you can sign up for 7 courses during a two week period; sign-up closes 4 August (Sunday) and courses start on or after 5 August (Monday). All courses are free to take and open to reuse under the CC BY-SA license. The School of Open is a community of volunteers from around the world passionate about peer...
Sharing is good. We learn that as very young children. On the Internet, many people share rampantly. However, traditional copyright does not fully enable the type of sharing that many intend when they post online. That's what Creative Commons (CC) and open licensing are all about. And as we begin to share our intellectual property, like photos or lesson plans, openly, sharing becomes more...
When posting online, most people have the intention of sharing. However, without an open license and an open format, there may be unforeseen obstacles to others receiving the full benefits of your magnanimity. Here are some things you can do to be more open and to share fully. Post to sites that encourage open licensing. There are many web sites that include an option to open license your work....
open.jpg All rights reserved. There is a lot of talk about "open" these days. It's the new black. It's cool and hip, and marketeers are calling their products "open," whether they are or not. But what does "open" really mean? And why should we care? For the purposes of this discussion, "open" refers to content that can be remixed, modified, and redistributed by...
Keywords: OER, open
In classrooms where connected learning is happening, there is a demand for lots of digital content, and the unfortunate fact is that many schools cannot afford to purchase all the commercial digital content that teachers and students need to create a rich learning environment. Fortunately, there is now an ocean of free and/or open content on the Internet. The challenge is sorting out what is best...
Keywords: fair use, remix, OER, open
Like many, my interest in open resources grew out of remix work I was doing. In creating podcasts and other multimedia products with students, we often have a need for photos, drawings, music, and video. Putting together various third-party works like this into a new work is called "remixing" -- kids do it all the time, and it's quickly becoming a significant part of most creative processes. Why...