OER Commons: Free Online Educational Materials
At this year’s Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education was among the Microsoft Education Award Laureates. The Institute founded the OER Commons with the goal of sifting through mountains of free information available online, using technology to evaluate and organize the most appropriate, most high-quality free online educational materials. Their interactive, open-source network aggregates exceptional materials and provides a social networking opportunity for users who want to share their experiences and outcomes. A virtual community of teachers and learners rates materials, tags them, creates blogs, and even offers edits and ideas.
Here, Lisa Petrides, president of the Institute, along with Vice President Thad Nodine, discuss the OER Commons site, already used in 194 countries and territories around the world.
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