Week 6 - OER

Key words: open licence, open access, open content, OER, Creative Commons, Attribution, Share Alike, Non-commercial

Hopefully from the previous weeks' readings and tasks you’ve come to the conclusion that there is a lot you can do with copyright protected material.

Even with all your copyright knowledge at times the rules can still be confusing, complicated and restrictive. A great alternative is open education and Creative Commons resources. From reading the Week 6 Readings and completing the below tasks, you’ll see there is a vast array of these materials and how useful they can be in the classroom.

Please post (ie copy and paste) your answers in this week's google folder, under your group number, by the end of Sunday December 13 and finish your peer review by the end of Tuesday December 15.

1. What are open education resources (OER) and why are they considered open?

Write a brief explanation of what Open Education Resources means to
you. Why are these resources considered ‘open’? What does the word open mean in this context?

2. Describe three benefits of materials being open

There are many benefits to OER. Write down the three most important benefits to you and your school that OER present.

3. Creative Commons Licensing

Many OER use Creative Commons (CC) licences. There are six different CC licenses. Become familiar with the six different licences and tell us which licence you think is the ‘most open’. Explain your reasoning.

4. Find five open education or CC resources

Now that you’re familiar with OER and CC, have a go at finding five open education or CC resources. You can complete this task by using the methods listed in the readings (a really good place to check for some guidance would be the Powerpoint presentations) or using your own preferred search method.

5. Briefly explain why you chose your five resources

Why did you choose these resources? Because they were the first ones your found? Or hopefully more along the lines of you thought these resources were really good and valuable for certain reasons. Please share your resources and (very briefly) why you chose them.


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