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ABOUT OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
A SURVEY OF OER RESEARCH ACTIVITY
In its simplest form, the concept of Open Educational Resource (OER) describes any educational resource (including curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, multimedia applications, podcasts, and any other materials that have been designed for use in teaching and learning) that is openly available for use by educators and students, without an accompanying need to pay royalties or licence fees. The following articles provide further background to OER.



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OER RESEARCH AND SUPPORT NETWORKS

Open Education Consortium
The Global Network for Open Education
OLnet Open Learning Network
Searching out the evidence for use and reuse of open educational resources
POERUP Policies for OER Uptake
Research into how governments can stimulate uptake of OER

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OER REPOSITORIES AND RESOURCES

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OUR SISTER SITES

IRRODL
irrodl.org
The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning is a refereed, open access e-journal that disseminates original research, theory, and best practice in open and distributed learning worldwide. IRRODL is available free-of-charge to anyone with access to the Internet, and there are no article submission or access charges for publication in this open journal. Visit IRRODL for the latest in open and distributed research.

CIDER
cider.athabascau.ca
The Canadian Initiative for Distance Eduation Research offers a regular webinar series featuring researchers presenting their latest findings in open and distance education. Visit CIDER for our latest seminar series schedule and archives.

THE eMUNDUS ATLAS
emundusatlas.org
The eMundus Atlas is a world map exploring successful patterns of international collaboration in open educational resources, MOOCs, and credential mobility. Visit the eMundus Atlas and contribute your own project.
RECENT NOTES

Contact North on OER
Dan Wilton
August 17, 2018
Contact North/Contact Nord has released Ten facts about Open Educational Resources

Major OER initiative announced in Brazil
Dan Wilton
August 17, 2018
The Ministry of Education of Brazil has just published an ordinance that determines that all educational resources paid for by the ministry which are to be used in basic education must be openly licensed and use open format/standards whenever possible. This will have huge impact on the number of educational resources available in Portuguese for this sector. Resources will be made available in a new open-source repository. A short description of our work on the open education ...

Downes presentation on OER
Dan Wilton
August 17, 2018
Check out Stephen Downes' presentation from Hammamet, Tunisia: Applications, algorithms and data: Open educational resources and the next generation of virtual

Sci-Hub ruling opens access to literature
Dan Wilton
August 17, 2018
Following a United States District Court ruling, Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly