Canada’s Commonwealth of Learning, an initiative of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, is releasing oerfaq.info, a forum with the goal to set you up in all things Open Educational Resources.
OER were envisioned to recognize quality, open-licensed content, and make it available to instructors. Carefully crafting lessons and materials is challenging and time consuming, which is why these libraries have spread. OER will allow more and more teachers to focus their energy in other aspects of a learning intervention, like following up with students in more care and detail.
Oerfaq.info looks forward to gathering and organizing all the key facts and knowledge on OER to the benefit of everyone in the educational community. To date, over 100 threads cover all aspects of OER, from rationales for institutional implementation, pedagogy and capacity bulding matters, to OER advocacy and law.
Since OER is a recent concept in the education mainstream, it is possible you know something or have elaborated ideas about it worth sharing. The Commonwealth invites you to join and give your contribution, however small, as long as it improves the quality of the conversation.
Oerfaq.info is but one of the Commonwealth of Learning initiatives about OER, encompassing studies, policy documents and templates, and national level briefings. Visit col.org for more on their views on OER.
Visit the OER virtual brain thrust at oerfaq.info.
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