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Open Educational Resources Overview: Guidelines for Open Educational Resources

Where are open educational resources being used?

Prime Minister David Cameron announced in February 2013 that more UK universities are joining Futurelearn, the UK's first provider of free, open online courses (with the British Library). In both the UK and US, there are hundreds or thousands of free, open online courses being used; increasingly we are seeing other countries, like Brazil and India, start to become heavy users and hotbeds for open source and open educational resources too.

Unesco has advocated for the use of open source and open educational resources worldwide. And, in December 2012 a UN trade group said that governments should seize open source opportunities and become less reliant on large-scale software manufacturers.

Fox, C. (2013, April 9). A guide to free and open source education. . Retrieved June 10, 2014, from http://opensource.com/education/13/4/guide-open-source-education

Why open source?

All educators, administrators, and students too, should read and pass along this short note on Why should open source software be used in schools? Information like this helps begin the process of understanding, gets people on board, and can make the difference between action and talking.

Fox, C. (2013, April 9). A guide to free and open source education. Retrieved June 10, 2014, from http://opensource.com/education/13/4/guide-open-source-education

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resource Databases and Search Engines