Open Educational Resources
Creative Commons Licences
This post discussing is created as a part of a Georgia Online Professional Learning course.
Wikipedia is one of the first online entities that proposed open learning concept
Once upon a time, all educational material and resources were tangible- books, microfilms, magazines and the reference librarian. It was common sight to see the educators standing around a copying machine and lugging heavy textbooks for lesson planning. Now a days, information is available online, at a click of a button. We are no longer bound to books and paper copies of facsimiles of magazines to compile resources. With privilege of information at the fingertips comes the right to educate ourselves to fair use of material. When we use the information that is not owned by us, we need to give proper credit and attribution. It is a good idea to provide a link to original post or source as well. Not sure how to do it? Help is closer than you think. Go ahead and review the information The Edublogger has on Fair use of Images, copyright and Creative Commons
Not enough time to review the edublogger article?
That is fine. Here is a quick overview of CC licences from Creative Commons website
You ask: What is an Open Educational Resource?
Open Educational Resources is any educational and learning material that is:
- Educational material or resources that is “open” = free to use as opposed to commercial / paid
- In public domain or introduced with an Open licence
- Material that can be used freely, adopted or modified and shared again
- Some Example of OER: MOOC, Khan Academy, CK-12, Harvard Open Learning Initiative
Open source material does not mean, we can use it without giving proper credit or attribution.