Open Educational Resources

OER

The so called Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, could be introduced as one of the most important impact of the Web developments on Education (Seely Brown &  Adler, op.cit).

The so called Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, could be introduced as one of the most important impact of the Web developments on Education (Seely Brown &  Adler, op.cit).

This movement began in 2001 when the William and Flora Hewlett and the Andrew W. Mellon foundations jointly funded MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative.
 

Open educational resources include (Wikipedia, OER definition):

Learning content: full courses, course materials, content modules, learning objects, collections, and journals.
Tools: Software to support the creation, delivery, use and improvement of open learning content including searching and organization of content, content and learning management systems, content development tools, and on-line learning communities.
Implementation resources: Intellectual property licenses to promote open publishing of materials, design-principles, and localization of content.

The above introduced background, and a long experience of teachers’ education (initial and continuing training through national and European / International projects) achieved by CIRDFA[1], where the bases for designing  the OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES project UNIVIRTUAL (OER-UNIVIRTUAL). The project aims to introduce a teachers' training approach  that is based onn the efficacy of Open Educational Resources, interweaving them with flexible learning environments -from more to less autonomy- regarding learners' interest in  the use and re-use of resources.

[1] The project takes the de nomination of the Learning Technologies Lab UNIVIRTUAL, operating within the CIRDFA –Centro Interateneo per la Ricerca Didattica e la Formazione Avanzata,  Interuniversity Center for Educational Research and Advanced Training-. Within several national and international networks, the Center has developed innovative teachers’ education projects, where eLearning and sharing of resources within teachers’ learning communities have been an important piece of adopted training strategies. For more information, pls see http://www.univirtual.it