OER Commons: A Network for Teaching and Learning Materials

| September 9, 2010

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are free to use, share, modify, and reshare.

ISKME President and Founder Lisa Petrides explains OER Commons in a short video:

The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created OER Commons, a free website to organize open educational resources. In a helpful article that explains key terms and the potential for OER in education, ISKME President and Founder Lisa Petrides claims that the introduction of OER in public education may represent “one of the most important things that has happened to education in the last 100 years.”  Petrides, a former TC professor in the department of Organization and Leadership, describes OER Commons as “a learner-centered platform that authentically marries technology with education, provides access and equity to education resources for all, and… [enable] the re-professionalism of teaching.”

In an interview with Creative Commons, Petrides explains the shift in education toward collaborative curriculum design and her hopes for OER Commons: “The use of OER is really a part of a shift happening in education that aims to support shared teacher expertise and peer-based learning. As such, free and open content is not only a new economic model for schools and students, but also a primary vehicle for disseminating more flexible, adaptable curricula that support learner-centric approaches.”

In recent news, there are exciting implications for grant-writers who want to use OER.  Creative Commons reports that the Department of Education has proposed to “grant seekers who include open educational resources as a component of an application for funding from the Department of Education could receive priority.”

A casual conversation with Lisa Petrides: