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And a student describes his use of OER to complement his notes and lectures:

“I just look for any concepts that I need for [my] classes that are a little shady from my notes and lectures. That’s pretty much what I do now.”

Oer commons, an evolution in learning

OER Commons is in the forefront in providing a teaching and learning network of shared materials, from K-12 through college, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone to use and add to. We’ll be using OER Commons in this course for all the hands-on activities.

As of 2007, OER Commons has nearly seventy institutional partner collections bringing over 11,000 resources to instructors and learners. And it’s growing every day!

You, the important contributor

The power of OER is the contribution of individual educators and learners, like you. Your contribution makes a difference worldwide in education. The following two stories illustrate how OER has touched the lives of both students and educators.

Oer stories from around the world

Students in New York and Barcelona collaborate on a global climate change presentation.

An educator in Hong Kong finds group exercises for her learning sciences class.

Your experience using open and freely shared course-related materials is valuable in the reuse and evolution of the materials. Tell us your story ; how you’ve used these materials and how their use has impacted how you teach or learn.

Activities in this module

The following activities have been created to help you get started with OER using OER Commons.

Activity: join oer commons

If you don’t have a free OER Commons account yet, complete the short registration form . Your account will be created immediately.

Activity: join the oer commons electronic newsletter

To receive regular updates about the exciting developments in OER Commons, subscribe to the newsletter on the OER Commons homepage. Look for the blue box on the right side of the computer screen called “Sign Up to Receive e-News!” Enter your email address and click the “Sign Up Now” button.

You can also view archives of the newsletter online.

Activity: using oer materials

In the OER Commons discussion “ How and Why of OER ,” post your stories, suggestions, and questions with using OER in your teaching and learning. Here are some questions to consider in your post:

  • How have you used OER in your teaching and learning?
  • How have your students used OER? What were their learning outcomes?
  • What have been your challenges in using OER?
  • What impact has OER had on your institution?
  • If you had unlimited resources, how would you contribute to the OER?

If you haven’t started using OER, consider these questions:

  • What challenges have you had in trying to use OER?
  • What would assist you in starting to use OER?

Optional activity: facebook

If you are a Facebook member, add OER Daily to your profile to receive a new-featured item from the OER Commons site every day.

Facebook members can find the OER Daily application at: (External Link)

To add OER Daily to your profile, click the link "GRAB THIS APP!"

For more information

The following resources have been selected to provide more information on concepts we covered in this module.

What is OER

About OER Commons

In this module, some OER basics were presented and opportunities were provided to help you get started using OER Commons. In the next module, “ Finding OER Materials You Can Start Using Now ,” will cover finding OER materials you can start using right now in your teaching and learning.

For more information about OER Commons, send an email to info@oercommons.org .

Use this feedback form to send OER Commons general feedback, a feature request, or information about a bug/problem you had using the site.

To see the ever-growing list of the new content providers and contributors to OER Commons, visit the Content Providers page often. You can be one too!

“quotable quote”

For all information’s independence and extent, it is people, in their communities, organizations, and institutions, who ultimately decide what it all means and why it matters

Brown, J. S.,&Duguid, P. (2002). The social life of information. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

About this module

The "How Tos" of OER Commons is a set of learning modules evolving out of the development of OER Commons ( (External Link) ), a teaching and learning network for free-to-use educational materials from around the world, created and licensed by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME).

Course contributors are Lisa Petrides, Amee Godwin, and Cynthia Jimes, and online learning consultant, Patricia Delich.

For more information, visit (External Link) and (External Link) .

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