The Open Educational Resources, commonly known as the OER is nothing but a massive collection of all the digital assets which are used for various educational purposes such as teaching and learning.
The resources and materials are easily as well as publicly accessible to improve the standard of education. The whole programme is set up in a desire to provide an enhanced educational process.
What does it stand for?
However, there are multiple definitions as well as well as statements to understand it clearly.
The term was firstly stated at UNESCO’s 2002 Forum on Open Courseware where it stated it as “TEACHING, LEARNING AND RESEARCHING RESOURCES THAT RESIDE FOR PUBLIC USE UNDER A LICENSE THAT ALLOWS THE FREE USE AND RE-PURPOSING BY THE OTHER USERS”.
The OECD defines it as “digital materials offered freely as well as openly for educators, students as well as self-learning beings to use and reuse them for various educational schemes. In an attempt to ensure best and an enhance high education, the plan is expected to be a massive hit.
The brief history:
The worldwide movement for OER reached a finale when at the 1st World OER Congress on 22 June 2012, it declared to open up the educational sources by various international organizations, governments, and institutions for free sharing. On this very date, UNESCO as well as various other partners, for the first time promoted the open license for the public use of education content.
The second OER summit was organized from 18 September to 20 September 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Prior to this summit, 500 experts and delegates from 111 countries have adopted the Ljubljana OER Action Plan. The plan recommends 41 actions to fulfill and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal on “quality and ever-long education.
The teacher resources:
As the OER is growing at a massive rate, it is becoming easy for teachers to share their creative ideas with the world. Through this type of education teachers from all over the world are becoming more involved in the massive OER movement because they believe in imparting knowledge for free so that the world, a few years later, can be in a much higher standard as it is today.
THE LESSON PLAN:
The scheme has various lesson plans as well as ideas in accordance to the open education sources available under OER:
- Be free, permanent and public
- Encourage autonomy and high thinking skills
- Writing about what you know
- Feel free to share your views at a worldwide platform
THE EDUCATION WEBSITES UNDER THE PROGRAMME:
Moreover, here are some of the sites listed under the major projects of the OER
- For use and support of OER: http://www.oeconsortium.org
- For access to videos related to the concerned topics: http://www.academicearth.org
- For use of resources for teaching and learning from around the globe: http://www.oercommons.org
- For TED(Technology, Education, Design) talks: http://www.ted.com
- The Open University Open-Learn Project http://www.openlearn.open.ac.uk