Open Educational Resources (ours) are free, freely available materials for learning and teaching, and mark a major paradigm shift in the way that schools are taught and learned compared to more traditional modes of education. This article will give an overview of the relationship that OERs have with Open Science, and why the two are linked. Finally, I will provide some tips on how you can best use OERs to your advantage.
With the recent developments in the world of science and technology, it is no surprise that there is growing interest and concern for the way in which scientists and other educational professionals to communicate their ideas. One way in which this has been facilitated is through the development of educational resources, such as web-based programs and e-books, that make the process of learning easier and more interesting. Examples include online science classes, apps, flash cards, and more. Many people also find these types of tools convenient for carrying around in the classroom or lab.
However, there are some limitations to using these types of educational resources. One major limitation is that the majority of them are published under a Creative Commons license, which allows anyone to use and distribute the materials. While the intention of these materials is good, this type of license does not allow users to share or reproduce the material, or use modified versions of it. In addition, many of these books and videos are not produced by well-known scientific publishing houses. As a result, while many of them may be valuable, they do not fall within the traditional criteria of being an educational resource.
The second major limitation is that not all published scientific materials are made open access. While most science textbooks now carry an open access label, not all of them do. While some of them are published by established scientific publishing houses, most of them are not. As a result, not everything in these books can be found online.
The third limitation of educational materials is that many of them cannot be used as references in a scientific laboratory or in an educational science curriculum. Most textbooks are written with the assumption that readers will already have knowledge of different scientific methods and techniques. However, as most instructors are not good at teaching their subjects, some information in these textbooks is often ignored. In addition, most textbooks are written to assume that students already know how to read. As a result, while some information in the text may be beneficial, many pages in the text are unnecessary filler and do not add to the understanding of the text.
In order to overcome some of these limitations of educational content, publishers have developed open educational resources. An educational resource is a web-based book, video, podcast, slide show, or visual presentation that offers educational content in a format that can be used and accessed by teachers and students. Examples of such free educational content include eBooks, lesson plans, videos, podcast, and webinars. These web-based educational content can easily be accessed and used by teachers and students alike. Students can also access educational content on their laptops, smartphones, tablets, Blackberries, iPads, or any other device that has a screen.
Open education is a concept that evolved from the need for more open educational processes in the field of higher education in the early part of the twenty-first century. After a lengthy review by the US Commission on Global Education, the organization called for more transparency in educational publishing. Open education refers to any educational material that is made available to the public and is supported by the public. It also requires that educational materials are licensed according to the policies set forth by the International Standard Organization for the Education of Children. One example of an open educational content is a textbook.
Another example of an educational resource is a podcast that includes an audio version of a given series of lectures. A podcast is an educational media in which information is distributed over the Internet with an audio version being played back to a designated listener. A podcast can contain audio lessons on any subject imaginable ranging from astronomy to molecular biology to foreign language learning. Podcasts can be downloaded for free and listeners can listen to them at their leisure. This makes podcasting a great alternative to the traditional textbook learning experience.