Introduction to Open educational resources and MOOCs

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. Although some people consider the use of an open file format to be an essential characteristic of OER, this is not a universally acknowledged requirement.

The term MOOC, a massive open online course (MOOC /muːk/) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants

In this introduction I have collected some tutorials and talks that I consider to be great for those who would like to learn more about these important subjects:

OER Introduction

Creative Commons licenses

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. The CC licenses are easy to understand for non technical users and there is a license guide to help you choose the right license.

Sal Khan talks about how technology can change education

Sal Khan is most famous for creating Khan Academy. In this talk at TED he also talks about some of the key elements in flipped classrooms and adaptive learning.

edX – and an introduction to MOOC

In this Ted-talk the head of edX, Anant Agarwal, makes the case that MOOCs as a way to share high-level learning widely and supplement (but perhaps not replace) traditional classrooms.