Who creates OER?
OER are created by anyone, anywhere. There is no globally accepted definition for an “educational resource”, and the “open” term is subject to a variety of definitions as well. For our purposes, we define an OER as any object which was designed explicitly with learning (formal or informal) in mind. These include texts, videos, audio files, mixed media, online courses, curricula, learning objects, interactive programs or learning games, learning software, and anything else related to the educational enterprise. A lot of OER are hosted by institutions, which tends to serve as an arbiter of quality (e.g., OCWC). Other OER are contributed to open repositories where they are subject to reviews and ratings from the user community (e.g., Connexions). While the origins and forms of OER are varied and scattered today, our expectation is that OER numbers will continue to grow exponentially and that new and existing systems of sorting and evaluating those OER will continue to emerge and be improved. In theory, anyone who has an insight on how to enable educational access and increase understanding should participate in the ongoing creation and use of OER.
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