Open Educational Resources (OERs)


Open Educational Resources (OERs)

In this group we will discuss how the open educational resources can help increase collaboration among teachers about sharing of open resources and how the quality of teaching and learning can be improved. We would also discuss about Creative Commons licences and its applications to different kind of text, audio, video and other multimedia resources. We will also share links and information about where we can search for OERs.

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Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2016

Creative commons example

MIT Open CourseWare

MIT OpenCourseWare has been releasing its materials — web versions of virtually all MIT course content — under a CC BY-NC-SA license since 2004. Today, MIT OCW has over 2000 courses available freely and openly online for anyone, anywhere to adapt, translate, and redistribute. MIT OCW have been translated into at least 10 languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian. In 2011, MIT OCW celebrated its 10th anniversary, having reached 100 million individuals, and announced MITx, an initiative to provide certification for completion of its courses. The OpenCourseWare concept has now spread to hundreds of universities worldwide.

Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow Cory Doctorow / Jonathan Worth / CC BY-SA Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow is a writer, blogger, and science fiction author with a vast amount of work under his name. As an early adopter of Creative Commons, Cory has produced many publications under CC licenses since 2003, including Little Brother under CC BY-NC-SA which spent 4 weeks on the NYTimes bestseller list. In Cory’s words, “I use CC for my speeches, for my articles and op-eds, and for articles and stories that I write for ‘straight’ magazines from Forbes to Radar. My co-editors and I use CC licenses for our popular blog, Boing Boing, one of the most widely read blogs in the world. These licenses have allowed my work to spread far and wide, into corners of the world I never could have reached.” Case Study: Cory Doctorow Commoner Letter: Cory Doctorow

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Comment by Dr Ramesh C Sharma on July 11, 2016 at 2:07am

Dear Friends,

you may find this article interesting for you:

Remuneração docente: Desafios para o monitoramento da valorização d... [Teacher salary: Challenges for monitoring the valuation of Brazilian teachers in the context of Goal 17 of the National Education Plan]

Jacomini, M., Alves, T., & Barbosa de Camargo, R.


Desigualdades educacionais e socioeconómicas na população brasileir... [Educational and socio-economic inequalities of pre-university Brazilian population: A view from the ENEM data] 

Travitzki, R., Ferrão, M. E., & Couto, A. P.

with best wishes


Comment by Dr Ramesh C Sharma on June 9, 2016 at 7:02pm

CFP: Reformas a la educación superior: América Latina en contexto internacional comparado/Special Issue on Higher Education in Latin America

Comment by Dr Ramesh C Sharma on June 5, 2016 at 6:54pm

Hello Sonia:

Thanks,yes, the group is active. sorry that I could not post news for some time.

UNESCO-WSIS has announced this call recently, if group members are interested in taking this up:

Call for Consultant: Implementation of OA and OER policy projects in Libya

UNESCO Communication and Information Sector is looking for a consultant to contribute to the implementation of the projects of Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER) within the framework of the "National ICT project for capacity building in Higher Education of Libya". 
DEADLINE: 15 June 2016

with best wishes

Comment by Sonia Araceli Hernandez Acuna on June 3, 2016 at 11:22am

Is this group still active?

Comment by Dr Ramesh C Sharma on December 17, 2015 at 8:56am

Handbook: Going Open with Lang OER 

Malgorzata Kurek, Anna Skowron
Jan Dlugosz University, Poland 

Comment by Dr Ramesh C Sharma on December 17, 2015 at 8:55am

Hello Lisa: Greetings and welcome to our OER group.

with best wishes

Comment by Gale Mohammed-Oxley on November 10, 2015 at 8:50am

Having looked at the article I am not sure I want to agree totally with the writer as I am in the Civil Society sector.

I say this because I believe Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have a deep role to play in eradicating poverty. What I can see is that some CSOs from the metropolitan countries that attract the donors or are the donors of projects in the developing countries have exploited their positions. 

At present a consortium of us from the Inter American System are working on a mechanism for CSOs participation in the OAS system. I believe what is crucial here is what role do CSOs see themselves playing and what role the metropolitans see the role of the CSOs playing in development.

The OAS and the UN were formed for one reason and they have to return to their roots to endure or they may fail. They do not need to exploit or oppress voices of leaders with dissent or different ideas nor can they impose sanctions on countries that are not in keeping with their mandates. Movement has to take its course. Sudden movement can create disorder and confusion. We need discrimination since we will not know up if there is no down. The word 'all' is taking a one size fit all complex. 

Sharing is the way to go. We need to include moral and spiritual values in the Human Development agenda. The OAS claims to have the Human at the center of development. I look forward to see how we get there, since its pattern of behaviour is yet to adjust to the idea that there are four subregions in the Inter American System - North America, Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Antillean America (which was include with Caribbean because they are phantom islands in the Caribbean basin).

Comment by Dr Ramesh C Sharma on November 10, 2015 at 1:35am

Dear Gale and Lourdes


Thanks for your inputs. I agree.

I am reminded of an excellent response to these SDGs by Tim Unwin, in his blog:

ICTs and the failure of the Sustainable Development Goals

which you may read it at

He critically examined on what went wrong and what may (would) go wrong!

Happy Reading!

Comment by Lourdes Rodriguez Aguilera on November 9, 2015 at 5:04pm


I agree with Gale. There are several economic and social problems in our developing countries that need to be addressed. As well as, difficulties in the educational area to incorporate the use of ICT in an efficient way, ensure freedom of access to information, among others. So, we need to address those challenges to contribute to quality of education, promote OER, distance education, etc.

Comment by Gale Mohammed-Oxley on November 9, 2015 at 3:11pm

Dr. Sharma,

While this may seem plausible we need to remember that many of these targets do not accommodate small and shrinking economies such as we have in CARICOM/Antillean America.

I think the wording of these targets become unreasonable when these economies cannot feed their citizens but are required to fulfill these targets. Remembering a target does not always get hit on spot and can be missed. The question here may be priorities.


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