Teachers, students tap into Open Educational Resource Commons

An 'open source' repository for syllabi, lectures, lesson plans and more.
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In what will undoubtedly become a valuable resource and networking tool for teachers and students, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has launched a new online resource center, reports eSchool News.

OER Commons or Open Educational Resource, makes more than 8,000 classroom materials available to teachers, faculty and students, all for free. The site allows users to access, evaluate and discuss learning materials on a huge range of topics.

"OER Commons brings the open-content movement into the classroom. It offers new ways for instructors and students to engage with teaching and learning materials and share what they know," says Lisa Petrides, president of ISKME. "When people share their knowledge on OER Commons, they pass along their best thinking to others around the globe."

Users can review, rate and comment on content which includes syllabi, lectures, lesson plans, lab activities and homework assignments from kindergarten to college.

New resources are being added all the time, and Petrides said she expects the number of resources to double every few months as more educators hear about the site.

"ISKME is keenly interested in how this impacts teaching and learning, and what happens when you have collaboration around content," Petrides said.
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