Posts Tagged ‘Open Content’

Favorite Open Educational Resources

November 6, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve been using free educational resources in my presentations for a few years.  Several professors have asked me for a list of Open Educational Resources (OER) that I have shared in various workshops. Here is a list of ten of my current favorites:

  1. – Search engine that can be used to find free images on the web.
  2. Incompetech is a collection of Creative Commons licensed music.
  3. iTunes U is a collection of audio and video content from higher education faculty around the world that can be freely used for educational purposes. Many SPU professors are freely sharing their work in iTunes U. You can find it at:
  4. Khan Academy provides 800+ YouTube tutorials covering math, science, and finance problems.
  5. MERLOT is a peer-reviewed searchable collection of online learning materials.
  6. Search by Creative Commons provides a convenient way to access search engines that include CC licensed materials.
  7. Webcast.Berkeley is a collection of podcasts and webcasts from the University of California Berkeley.
  8. Wikimedia Commons is a media repository for public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips).
  9. YouTube EDU is a collection of videos and channels from higher education institutions
  10. MIT OpenCourseware is a website that contains almost all content from MIT courses.


Opencast Community Website link to external website

The Opencast community is a collaboration of individuals, higher education institutions and organizations working together to explore, develop, define and document best practices and technologies for management of audiovisual content in academia. Through the mailing list, website and collaboration among its members, the community will strive to offer guidance and information to help others choose the best approach for the delivery and usage of rich media online.

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    Taking a “lit trip” with Google Maps

    December 29, 2008 Leave a comment

    Here’s a link to an interesting mashup idea where great literature is combined with Google Maps to provide students with a reading road-trip. The site contains resources for both K-12 and Higher Ed.

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    LIFE photos available free from Google

    November 19, 2008 Leave a comment
    Knowledge Box image from Life Magazine and Google

    Knowledge Box image from Life Magazine and Google

    Google and LIFE make LIFE magazine images freely available for educational use. This is a great resource for teachers.

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    Pros and Cons of Open Content

    August 5, 2008 Leave a comment

    Good article that explains the pros and cons of open content. Overall, I see this as a positive movement in education.  Two possible negatives from my perspective are:

    1. Lack of systematic way to provide peer-review of content – We’re counting on a wikipedia model rather than having a publisher pay experts to review new content.
    2. Possible digital divide issues – As more open content becomes available online there may be an expectation that Internet access is widely available to all. While this is a concern, there are teacher and students who will benefit from this content who do not have access or can’t afford the paper-based content. We must continue to work towards providing access for all while not holding back those who already have access.

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    Open content providers using wikis to share

    Wiki site for instructors to share their curriculum. An example of open content curriculum.

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    Delicious links for 2008-07-12

    Good article on how our reading habits may be changing by the way we use the Internet.

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    Free screen reader for the web that doesn’t require new software to be downloaded.

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    Wiki dedicated to helping people use SPSS.

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    New website from Intel that helps people choose and use their computer.

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    Teachers use wikis instead of textbooks and talk about their experience.

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    ANGEL Learning Management System announces project where they will integrate their LMS with Second Life.

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    Some may not like wikipedia but these researchers do.

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