OER Handbook session at iSummit’08
July 31st, 2008

Open Education is a major theme of iSummit’08 now in session in Sapporo, Japan. The Summit blog has a summary of the Open Education projects undertaken by this group, which is a cultural collaboration growing out of iCommons. A focus of this group is open educational resources (OER), which are emerging as a global commons for learning. The blog article points to the Open Educational Resources handbook that is a guide for finding and using OER.

This is some basic guidance from the “Find” section of the OER handbook:

Start with a general search engine and some carefully chosen keywords (e.g. high school, biology, photosynthesis). If you need to search further, try some of the general OER repositories, and finally the relevant theme-based repositories, or individual project sites. If entire text books (or extracts) are required, start with “Open Textbooks”.

Search for quality, and have confidence in your own ability to judge how useful the resource looks for you and your learners.

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