At the Fourth Annual Launch of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Lifelong Learning Competition this Thursday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “With efforts like this competition, we can encourage breakthroughs in the types of free, high-quality online Open Educational Resources that lift educational attainment rates and foster renewed economic growth.”
Open Education Resources (OERs) have been developing quickly in education today. Many have already jumped on the bandwagon to offer educational courses, videos, tools, lessons and more for free to anyone around the globe.
Below are more than 20 articles, websites, projects or other resources discussing OERs or free learning resources:
- “Publishing company Pearson wants people to mash up its content, open sources API” on TNW
This month, Pearson launched an initiative to make three of its datasets available to the public to inspire creatives to develop new products and uses of its content.
- “State Initiatives Regarding Electronic or Open Source Textbooks” on Education Commission of the State
This paper discusses the growing use of open textbooks among states including Arizona, Iowa, Tennessee, Virginia, and Texas. According to the article, in September 2009, “the National Association of State Boards of Education announced a $75,000 grant from the Flora Hewlett Foundation” to better accomodate OERs.
- “Utah Open Textbook Project”
The Utah Open Textbook examines the learning and cost value of open textbooks in place of traditional textbooks in public high school science classrooms.
- Open Textbook Calculator on OpenContent.org
This is a calculator that determines the cost savings found from using open textbooks based on research conducted in the Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology and the Center for Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling at Brigham Young University.
- “Collaborative Statistics: Open Text Adoption at Bellingham Technical College” on College Open Textbook Community
In this post, an educator talks about how she uses provides students with downloadable PDFs that they can download and use for her community college course. In addition, she creates online and open texts at little or no cost to students.
- “Open-Access Textbooks and Financial Sustainability: A Case Study on Flat World Knowledge” on IRR ODL
This research paper looks at way to cut costs on textbooks through free and open textbooks. The paper concludes that free textbooks or open textbooks have a huge potential to bring cost savings to students and organizations at the disruption of textbook industries.
- “AUPress: A Comparison of an Open Access University Press with Traditional Presses” on Journal of Educational Technology & Society
This research paper compares AUPress, an open access press, with other traditional, non-open presses at Canadian Universities. The paper concludes that while AUPress can reach a wider readership, there’s no significant difference in the rating of it and other presses.
- Flatworld Knowledge
Flatworld knowledge is a website that offers books for free online and cheap ways to print texts, download audio books and more.
- CK-12 Flexbooks
CK-12 Learning Center provides a Flexbook system, which houses free STEM textbooks and content that are open for customization and distribution.
- Open High School of Utah
The Open High School of Utah is a student-centered school that provides instruction through innovative technology, service learning and personal responsibility. The school just recently offered 30 semesters of instruction free, online to anyone.
HippoCampus, a project by the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), provides free multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students for free.
eNotes provides an online learning environment with high-quality educational content that is written by professionals and used by students, teachers, professors, and researchers.
- Digital Book Index
The Digital Book Index, which supports the iPad, Kindle and Nook, provides a library of ebooks from major and historical writers.
- eReader Resources by ipl2
eReader Resources provides great resources for ebooks, ereaders and other digital content for various devices by students, librarians, teachers and more.
- PBS LearningMedia
PBS LearningMedia provides free, digital resources to educators to use in the classroom. The Discovery Channel and National Geographic also have great video databases for learning.
Fupa provides free, online games for students and teachers that can be played directly on the website, embedded on your own site, played on a mobile device or played on Facebook.
- PE Central
PE Central is a free resource and guide to providing adapted physical education.
- Online Learning and Training (OLAT)
OLAT is an open and free resource for web-based and online learning. It’s management system helps teachers to create flexible course configuration and supports major educational standards.
- “9 Great Alternatives to Skype for VOIP and Video Chat” by Simon Mackie
This article is a list of alternatives to Skype for video chatting that includes a review of tools like Google Voice, Vbuzzer, VoxOx, Viber, Grasshopper and 8×8 Virtual Office Pro/Solo.
- “The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest” on InfoJustice.org
This declaration is open to endorsement and comment from the public through August 2012.
For more, view “Mike Smith’s OER List” by Tom Vander Ark on edReformer.com. How are you or your schools benefiting from open education resources?