Teachers Get Resourceful With 'Open Content'

Subtitled "Content-sharing across the Web is becoming a valuable classroom tool for educators," Andrew Trotter's article at teachermagazine.org quotes Lisa Petrides and references ISKME's OER Commons project:

"We can now really build and harness the knowledge base that already exists [among teachers]",said Lisa A. Petrides, the president and founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, which is supporting and doing research on open educational resources.In doing that, we'll see there's new knowledge about teaching that we haven't understood before.

The institute, which is based in Half Moon Bay, Calif., operates the Open Educational Resources Commons, a Web site that collects and shares free-to-use educational resources globally.

Content becomes "open" when the author assigns to the work a license that releases it from certain rights of the traditional copyright-holder. Depending on the license chosen, it may allow the material to be used for free, adapted, or shared with others for noncommercial or commercial purposes.

Publication Date: 
March 16, 2009