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Alberta OER Summit 2017

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  1. Why Open Educational Resources Are Essential for Learning [Download]

    Title: Why Open Educational Resources Are Essential for Learning
    Creator: McGreal, Rory
    Description: The free sharing of open educational resources (OER) can be seen as essential for promoting the creation of content usable in any learning context. OER can be effective in reducing the knowledge divide that separates and partitions societies. Educators worldwide continue to face significant challenges related to providing increased access to high quality learning, while containing or reducing costs. New developments in information technology, especially with tablets, phablets, mobile phones and different gaming devices, highlight the shortcomings and challenges for the traditional education community, as well as those of more flexible providers, such as open universities. Such developments have the potential to increase access and flexibility in education by rendering it ubiquitous. More recently educators are being forced to focus on the effects of “digital locks” (Technological Protection Measures) and restrictive licences that come with commercial online content and are turning to OER in order to take full advantage.
    Subjects: Open Educational Resources
    Date Created: 2017
  2. OER Sprinting! OER Summit, 11 May 2017.pptx [Download]

    Title: OER Sprinting! OER Summit, 11 May 2017.pptx
    Creator: Brailey, Michelle
    Description: Curious about textbook sprints? So are we! Representatives from MacEwan University and the University of Alberta will share their experiences in exploring the implementation of textbook sprints in Alberta. Bring your questions and ideas and be prepared to share in this roundtable session where we will discuss textbook sprints and their implications for higher education in Alberta.
    Subjects: Open Educational Resources
    Date Created: 2017
  3. Assessing the Benefits of OERs [Download]

    Title: Assessing the Benefits of OERs
    Creator: McNally, Michael
    Description: The benefits OER offer are numerous and unevenly distributed. This presentation weighs the benefits and costs (broadly defined and including opportunity costs) of OER use, creation and adoption for six key stakeholder groups - students, faculty, administrators, librarians and educational facilitators, governments and lifelong learners. A better understanding of costs and opportunities is an important facet in encouraging greater uptake in the OER movement.
    Subjects: Open Educational Resources
    Date Created: 2017