Wikipedia has all the answers (edited with of Mozilla Googles)

Wikipedia has all the answers (edited with of Mozilla Googles, see the full authoritative article)

OERs. People build them. People house them in repositories. People do journal articles, conference presentations, research on them. I doubt never their existence.

But the ultimate thing they are supposed to support, maybe their raison d’être– the re use by other educators, what do we have to show for that except whispered stories, innuendo, and blurry photos in the forest?

I am on the case.

Yes, I am looking for True Stories of OER Reuse. Big data, metrics, meta data, those are only like those casts of big feet. The only way to know of reuse is to tell it. So I am adding to my True Stories of Open Sharing a special wing to house True Stories of OER Reuse. I see two varieties of possible stories:

  • You have created, shared an OER, and you have a story of how someone else has used it? YES, I would love to hear your story.
  • You have found, reused someone else’s OER? DITTO. I would love to hear your story.

I am not looking for links to blog posts, articles, web sites (well only as supporting information). What makes a story your story is YOU telling it. Make a video and claim your story.

I have set up a new web form to collect the information. I have a tad bit of urgency as I am scheduled to do an online presentation on this in the first week of August.

Are you a believer? Then help me find the True Stories of OER Sharing.

Otherwise, people will think of it as

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  1. I am a believer in not using expensive textbooks for most classes, especially Freshman Composition. At first, I just used a whole slew of online resources posted in Moodle…I really can’t be bothered with repurposing somebody else’s class posted in Merlot; I mean, why bother making their sense of organization fit mine?

    However, I now use the Writer App (Pearson $16.00) for all writing classes. If it isn’t on there, I probably don’t need it.

  2. So are you intentionally trying to make a distinction here about what are proper “OERs” and everything else? I wonder if the lack of response is mostly about that (well that and exhaustion on this topic/line of inquiry from your existing network.) Seems like if you asked the question “have you ever reused anything you found on the web in your teaching and learning practice” the answers would be a little more resounding. Anyways, what do I know, I’m just a library guy now, don’t really know anything about these complicated “open education” issues.

    1. Well who knows what “proper” OERs are? I think the original question was the everything else question and I have been asking for 5 years. The way most people responded was that I cornered them with a camera. I ask more for OERs for an upcoming presentation.

      I think the reluctance to respond says something. Just for grins I tossed in your blogging matrix diagram we recorded in 2009. Take that Library Guy, you cannot just hide in the stacks!

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