New web-scale OER search tool
August 29th, 2007

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The Open Education Resources (OER) movement is showing increasing muscle in the Web 2.0 era. A major OER supporter, the Hewlett Foundation gives this definition: OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Over the summer, an education division called ccLearn has been set-up at Creative Commons. This week the Hewlett Foundation sent an email to “Open Education Resources Colleagues” announcing:

We have an exciting new development and we would like you to join us. The Hewlett Foundation is working with ccLearn (Creative Commons’ educational division) and Google to build an “open education web-scale search,” part of a larger effort to offer web users simple, overarching mechanisms for discovering open educational resources (OERs). This tool aims to direct search engine traffic to the incredible diversity of OER repositories and communities. While such a tool would not replace the more specialized and sophisticated search sites and portals that the community already uses, we believe it would expose a much wider public to our community’s materials. This is also an opportunity to encourage OER adoption and specify legal and technical conditions for making educational resources openly available. We see this project as an important step for achieving large-scale access to and use of open educational resources.

More about the OER search tool at:
Open Education Search at ccLearn
Open Education Search FAQ

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