Web 2.0 Open Education Resources
How will you use open source resources to enhance learning?
Reading for Module 1



Explore each of these terms for which you do not feel you have a good understanding or that you'd like to know more about:

Reflect on the term or terms that might be new to you. What did you learn from this exploration of terms that might have given you an ah hah moment, or might have surprised you?


What are Open Educational Resources?

Select  1 or 2 of the following resources to explore. Then  compare the above definitions to the following information to further define Open Educational Resources:



Read ONE of the following:

  1. What is the difference betwween commercial and non commercial resources?  Are they OERs sustainable?  How are they funded?
  2. What are the different models? How are these models alike and how do they differ?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various OER models? 
  1. Reflect on the potential for OER to transform teaching and learning.
  1. How this might be helpful to you and/or your learners.
  1. Think about whether or not open source software would be benefical for your classroom, school, or business.

Best Practices

Select one of the articles that most interests you:

 What is your key take-away from the article you read?


Creative Commons Licenses


Explore the Creative Commons web site. As you explore the site look for the following information:

  • What is Creative Commons?
  • What is the rationale and purpose of the Creative Commons licenses?
  • What are the basic components of the three layers of Creative Commons licenses?
  • What do each of the 6 types of Creative Commons licenses allow users to do?
  • What are the advantages getting a Creative Commons license for a content creator?
  • What are the advantages to using a resource that is Creative Commons licensed?

Watch this Creative Commons Video on Copyright and Creative Commons licenses.


Find and Begin to Organize Some Resources

  1. Go to OER Commons and find 3 resources you think you can use in your classroom, as a learner, or for your family or profession. Begin to create an annotated Web Resource List of resources that you will be adding to during this course. Depending on the online site you choose for your Web Resource List, you may need to set up an account in order to create your annotated web resource list. You will need to share the link to your web resource list with your instructor and with the other learners in this course.  Your Web resource list should have
    • a link to each resource
    • a short desciption of that resources
    • information on how you might use that resources in your classroom, for your family, for your job or as a student
  • Some sites you might use for creating your annotated web resource list are:
2.  Add 3 resources to your Web Resource List from Merlot that you think you might use.
3.  Add 3 more resources from Online Multmedia Tools to Support PBL and all Classrooms or from Isaac's List of FOSS Tools for Academics (Note: Isaac Ullah is my son.  He is an archaeologist, so many of these tools are ones he's found for his work, but many can be adapted for other uses as well).

NOTE:  You will be adding more resources to this list each week.

Professional Learning Networks

Select one PLN (Professional Learning Network) to explore. (Community of Practice or COP) Consider how it can be used as a professional learning network. If you already use one of these, choose another one.  Compare it to what you already use.