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

Matching School Ads

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:

  • Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education
  • B.S. in Environmental Science
  • Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership
  • And more...
For over 25 years, the Court Reporting Institute has been training people like you for rewarding careers as court reporters. 90 to 100% placement rates.

Programs:

  • Voice Writing - Online
  • Legal Assistant - Online
  • Court Reporting - Online
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...

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...
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
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: Rancho Cucamonga

Study online with University of Maryland at College Park. We offer an online master of business administration program through our Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Programs:

  • MBA - Finance
  • MBA - Information Systems & Business Analytics
  • MBA - Marketing
  • And more...

Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

Programs:

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
  • M.Div: Leadership
  • MA Theological Studies: Theology
  • And more...

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education. That’s why we offer a wide range of quality Certificate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in a highly interactive online format that emphasizes flexibility, convenience, and support. Whichever program you choose, you can take classes in 8-week modules, six times a year from faculty members with advanced degrees and extensive real-world experience. You’ll also enjoy access to a full array of academic support services, including advising, tutoring, writing center assistance, and our virtual library at no additional charge.

Programs:

  • B.S. in Finance - Corporate Finance
  • B.S. in Management - Human Resource Management
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • And more...

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.


Please Call 855-816-4001 to speak to a customer representative.

Programs:

  • Interior Design (BFA)
  • Web Design & Interactive Communications (D)
  • Photographic Imaging (BFA)
  • And more...
Locations: Sterling

 

StudioPress Theme of the Month

 

%d bloggers like this: