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The Promise of Open Educational Resources


Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning Volume 38, Number 5, ISSN 0009-1383


Open educational resources (OER) include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to either support access to knowledge, or have an impact on teaching, learning, and research. At the heart of the OER movement is the simple and powerful idea that the world's knowledge is a public good and that technology in general, and the World Wide Web in particular, provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse that knowledge. OER materials provide users with the intellectual capital to help them understand and use all of the Web's content. In this article, the authors explore some of the progress toward open academic knowledge that has been made over the past half decade, as well as where people see it going in the future. They also examine some of the challenges of publishing open content. (Contains 1 table, 1 chart, and 1 figure.)


Smith, M.S. & Casserly, C.M. (2006). The Promise of Open Educational Resources. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 38(5), 8-17. Retrieved April 14, 2021 from .

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