Open Educational Resources and the OpenCourseWare Consortium

I get enormous satisfaction from learning new things and am painfully aware of what I haven’t mastered. When I don’t have an answer for someone’s question, it’s nice to be able to suggest who might. That’s why it delights me to see how people and institutions are making educational resources openly available on the Web. Give me more hours in the day, so I can explore.

OER CommonsOER (Open Educational Resources) Commons is currently allied with 120 partners worldwide to provide free access to educational content in a variety of media. OER Commons is a program supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

If you’re a writer or an avid reader, you’ll be interested in the following open collections and course materials, or you can search the entire OpenCourseWare Consortium for a specific subject:

The Graduate Center CUNY – American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning

Harvard University Library – Open Collections Program

MIT – OpenCourseWare, Writing and Humanistic Studies

Open Source Shakespeare

The Open University – Start Writing Fiction

University of California Libraries – Calisphere

Utah State University – OpenCourseWare, English

Yale University – Open Yale Courses, English

OpenCourseWare is a sign of things to come. We’ve just begun to see the effects of technology on education and equality.

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