Open Educational Resources: A Definition

Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, Jul 18, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Late last week and over the weekend I became engaged in an online discussion about whether we should require that providers use open file formats in order for their materials to be considered open educational resources (OERs). This led me to rework the definition of OERs, as follows: Open educational resources are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone. In this article, I explain the method I used to construct the definition, and my think regarding the precise wording of the definition.
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