Let's Share OER!
Submitted by Leecy on July 24, 2017 - 4:57pm
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In the past, educators tended to be very territorial and protective of their creations. If you wanted access, you had to pay, beg, and borrow. Not so for last the three or four years!
Wonderful material is being freely shared by individuals, groups, and institutions. Dozens of universities and colleges now offer free and open access to many if not all of their courses.
The biggest repository of OER is OER Commons. A search there will provide rich resources for anyone to use in hundreds of ways. You can also create materials from scratch and post them on OER Commons. Just follow their simple instructions.
The Adult Learning Zone in OER Commons is published by Jennifer Maddrell, Director of Designers for Learning: Gain Experience for Good. Jennifer offers fantastic MOOCS that enroll thousands of instructor and designers who create OER for adult learners. ( A new MOOC is opening this fall, and I’ll keep you posted.)
CHALLENGE: You are being challenged here (1) to explore the resources posted in the Adult Learning Zone or other Creative Commons sections and (2) to post a short comment with a link telling us about a favorite OE resource that you found and recommend to others. As you give, so shall you receive in abundance!
I’ll start. Go to https://www.oercommons.org/authoring/13212-evidence-and-inference-you-live-there - “Evidence and Inference: You live there?” This is a 30-minute lesson created by Patricia Petherbridge-Hernandez. It has the broadest license available: CC-By. That means that you can do anything you want with the lesson, including selling it, as long as you attribute the source. What a deal! The lesson was developed for adult students in advanced ESL/ELL classes as well as for native English speakers with low reading skills. It focuses on the formulation of inferences, and the relevant explicit details which support each inference. The initial presentation highlights the skill of making inferences in a real-world context, then transitions to the literary context. Students read selected chapters of The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, a core text in many junior high and high school curricula across the United States. The students read out loud. Then, in groups they formulate inferences based on what they have read. Using sentence strips, they summarize the inference as well as cite the textual details which support each inference.
(Adult Learning Zone on OER Commons: https://www.oercommons.org/groups/designers-for-learning-adult-learning-zone/626/)
Leecy Wise, Moderator
Reading and Writing CoP