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OER Commons

Open Education Resource Commons is a free site that offers links to many, many K-12 and post-secondary resources, as well as articles and reports, surveys, conferences and workshops, discussion forums, blogs, and wikis. A sampling of resources can be found on the front page in the form of the OER Top 10, as well as 30 tags, and the option to view topics, and browse by categories and collections.

Published by ISKME & The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2007

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Education
Themes/Keywords: Open Source


Vocabulary
Open Source, commons, resources, articles, ISKME, OER


Essential Question(s)
1. What is the value of a site such as Open Educational Resources?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How can quality be addressed on the OER Commons site?
2. What other categories would be important to include on the OER site?

Extension and Activities
1. Suggest that groups of students select a category or collection to explore, and identify sites they consider valuable to share.
2. Engage students in discussions about intellectual property, copyright, and Open Source issues after looking at some of the articles on the OER Commons site on these topics.


"Research has borne out the potential for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as an aid to educators in support of each other, and, to improve the teaching and learning environment by modeling the self-organization and self-determination that are hallmarks of independent, lifelong learners. These characteristics help to reinforce the idea that everyone at school is both a teacher and a learner. My eCoach is the best tool of which I am aware that can support these self-organized, peer-learning groups.

Without question, My eCoach is a one-of-a-kind innovation that similar Open Source tools find difficult to approximate generally because there does not exist the same level of customer service. What My eCoach has made unique, no other has come close to creating the kind of safe, scaffolding environment of this system. Although a proprietary system, My eCoach is an "open environment" with the ability to integrate other school and district tools including Open Source tools."



pictureBernice Stafford
Educational Consultant
CILC - Carlsbad, California






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