Open Educational Resources (OER) – Advantages, Implications and Lists

oer-word-cloudOpen educational resources (OER) are digitized materials that are available for use and re-use in teaching, learning, and research, very often under a Creative Commons license.  In this page you can find out more about the many benefits – and some challenges – in using these valuable resources …

As part of the general and rapidly spreading open access movement, open educational resources have become extremely important for online and distance learning – both from the point of view of the teacher and the student.

The benefits of open educational resources (OER) courseware

Open educational resources are extremely important for teachers looking for lesson plans resources or for assisting institutions to get online programs up and running easily and quickly – and within the small budget that they are often working with.

Clearly there are many benefits of open access courseware, but the main ones  include:

  • Low or no cost to users, as products are generally free to access and download;
  • Shorter development cycle due to the collaborative, parallel efforts of developers;
  • Adaptability to suit own conditions.

But there are other challenges in using open educational resources in the development of educational courseware.

Open educational resources for teachers and students

Checkout these resource links on this site:

And checkout Project Gutenberg, which offers over 38,000 free ebooks.  All the ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers, and have been digitized and diligently proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers.

Open Access Journals

Open Access Journals are ones that allow readers to access the contents without payment.  Click on the links in the navigation bar on the left to access the contents of the journals listed:

Finding open educational resources

There are now many open educational resources websites devoted to providing access for educationalists.  The challenge is to keep up with them all and to sort out the most useful for your own purpose.

By far the best way to find Creative Commons material is to use the Google advanced search and then specify the “Usage Rights” as “free to use, share and modify”.  That should bring up the latest list of stuff for any specific subject or area you choose.  You can use the Google search facility on this site to do this.

Another convenient way to search for open access material is to use search.creativecommons.org.  Note that this is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations.

List of schools and programs

 

Your creativity is a big part of who you are and where you're going. To take it, and your future, as far as you want, you need an education that's focused on developing your talents and putting you on the path toward the creative career that stirs your imagination.

Programs:

  • Culinary Arts Management (BS)
  • Baking & Pastry (AS)
  • Interior Design (BFA)
  • And more...
Locations: Arlington
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy. We have developed our own online learning environment with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.

Programs:

  • Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (Online)
  • Entertainment Business, Master of Science (Online)
  • Music Business, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • And more...

As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.

Programs:

  • B.S. in Environmental Science
  • Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education/Curriculum and Instruction
  • And more...
A graduate degree really can make a difference, especially when it's from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management. Online, evening and weekend classes are available.

Programs:

  • Graduate Certificate-Project Management
  • Graduate Certificate-Human Resource Management
  • Master's-Accounting and Financial Management
  • And more...
Animal Behavior College offers affordable, flexible programs for busy professionals interested in animal careers. We offer hands-on experience in over 400 locations nationwide.

Programs:

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Grooming Instruction
  • Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.

Programs:

  • Criminal Justice, AA (Online)
  • Criminal Justice, BA (Online)
  • Health Services Administration, BA (Online Only)
  • And more...
Put your career in gear with Universal Technical Institute's campus in Glendale Heights, Illinois, an ASE/NATEF Master Certified provider of post-secondary technical education training.

Programs:

  • Diesel
  • Automotive Technology
Locations: Avondale

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln College of Technology. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus

Programs:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Technology and Skilled Trades
  • And more...
Locations: Columbia

The College of Health Care Professions is an ABHES-accredited institution with a long tradition of success. We are dedicated to providing quality online training programs, which conveniently provide you the knowledge and technical proficiency necessary to become employable in entry-level allied health care positions, all while supporting your continued career goals

Programs:

  • Health Care Management
  • Health Care Management-Bachelor in Applied Science

Take a new step in your education with Chamberlain College of Nursing. We offer associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs in nursing, plus a doctorate in nursing practice.

Programs:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to BSN Online Option
  • And more...
Locations: Downers Grove

 

 

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