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About this site

Read this first. This site has one purpose – to bust myths about Open Educational Resources! There are two parts – a mythbusting guide and a quick introduction to OER.

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About this site

Read this first. This site has one purpose – to bust myths about Open Educational Resources! There are two parts – a mythbusting guide and a quick introduction to OER.

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Download the PDF guide

The content of this web guide is also available as a PDF file. The PDF version includes both the Basic Guide to OER and the OER Mythbusting parts, as well as an introduction.

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Download the PDF guide

The content of this web guide is also available as a PDF file. The PDF version includes both the Basic Guide to OER and the OER Mythbusting parts, as well as an introduction.

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OER are too complex and scattered for teachers to use

In most circumstances and for more teachers, who are already ICT qualified, the level of assurance you get from OER materials is enough. Most of the teachers and students use resources found on the Internet, often without any consideration about

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OER are too complex and scattered for teachers to use

In most circumstances and for more teachers, who are already ICT qualified, the level of assurance you get from OER materials is enough. Most of the teachers and students use resources found on the Internet, often without any consideration about

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OER are not really free

Open Educational resources are free because they are available under free licenses and they allow anyone to use and modify them for free. They can be free in terms of cost for the end user though it doesn’t mean they

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OER are not really free

Open Educational resources are free because they are available under free licenses and they allow anyone to use and modify them for free. They can be free in terms of cost for the end user though it doesn’t mean they

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OER are not able to generate revenue so they can not be a business model

OER, same as open source, can create revenue in many different and successful ways. From services like search engines or platforms built around resources, selling custom versions or providing implementations. From a business perspective OER projects are more like startups

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OER are not able to generate revenue so they can not be a business model

OER, same as open source, can create revenue in many different and successful ways. From services like search engines or platforms built around resources, selling custom versions or providing implementations. From a business perspective OER projects are more like startups

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OER are not sustainable

Discussing sustainability of OER is a rather complex issue and depends on many factors. It is very strongly linked to the business approach and can be guaranteed by choosing (adequate) business models that generate revenue. The sustainability becomes a priority

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OER are not sustainable

Discussing sustainability of OER is a rather complex issue and depends on many factors. It is very strongly linked to the business approach and can be guaranteed by choosing (adequate) business models that generate revenue. The sustainability becomes a priority

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OER are forcing internationalisation and common core standards to different educational systems

One of the main values of OER is that they can be used worldwide independently of the system of education and national curricula frameworks. Those OER which licenses guarantee freedom of re-use and distribution can be localised and adapted to

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OER are forcing internationalisation and common core standards to different educational systems

One of the main values of OER is that they can be used worldwide independently of the system of education and national curricula frameworks. Those OER which licenses guarantee freedom of re-use and distribution can be localised and adapted to

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There are many OER available under different licenses. It’s the same level of difficulty to recognize and legally use compatible materials

This is true that OER published under particular Creative Commons licence may not be compatible with each other but traditional copyright is not straightforward either and may lead to even more questions than compatibility of CC licences itself. The first

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There are many OER available under different licenses. It’s the same level of difficulty to recognize and legally use compatible materials

This is true that OER published under particular Creative Commons licence may not be compatible with each other but traditional copyright is not straightforward either and may lead to even more questions than compatibility of CC licences itself. The first

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Authors will not agree to such terms of open publication

Considering this issue from the very formal point of view, authors by signing a contract for creating a work (or by developing it as part of their duties) very often agree to transfer copyrights on fields of use defined in

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Authors will not agree to such terms of open publication

Considering this issue from the very formal point of view, authors by signing a contract for creating a work (or by developing it as part of their duties) very often agree to transfer copyrights on fields of use defined in

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OER support IT industry profit by forcing schools and teachers to buy more IT equipment

A common impression of forcing schools and teachers to buy new hardware might have been caused on one hand by the scope of different OER initiatives and programmes in which development of OER is in line with process of equipping

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OER support IT industry profit by forcing schools and teachers to buy more IT equipment

A common impression of forcing schools and teachers to buy new hardware might have been caused on one hand by the scope of different OER initiatives and programmes in which development of OER is in line with process of equipping

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OER are applicable only for distance learning or highly digital/ICT fulled education

Although the use of OER very often supports ICT education and most of popular OER projects are digital, OER and digital resources are not synonyms. Openly licensed content is produced in any medium: paper-based text, video, audio or computer-based multimedia.

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OER are applicable only for distance learning or highly digital/ICT fulled education

Although the use of OER very often supports ICT education and most of popular OER projects are digital, OER and digital resources are not synonyms. Openly licensed content is produced in any medium: paper-based text, video, audio or computer-based multimedia.

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OER deepen digital divide in educational system

OER are dedicated to eliminate the education divide by making high-quality learning materials freely available to educators and learners around the world. A common mistake made when talking about OERs is that they are the same as digital resources which

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OER deepen digital divide in educational system

OER are dedicated to eliminate the education divide by making high-quality learning materials freely available to educators and learners around the world. A common mistake made when talking about OERs is that they are the same as digital resources which

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Public funded OER can led to politics dependent textbooks/resources

How educational resources are funded depends on a country, in many of which textbooks and other resources are already publicly funded (or co-sponsored) and selection and certification process of such resources also depends on educational system. What creates highest risk

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Public funded OER can led to politics dependent textbooks/resources

How educational resources are funded depends on a country, in many of which textbooks and other resources are already publicly funded (or co-sponsored) and selection and certification process of such resources also depends on educational system. What creates highest risk

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OER adoption is just too radical for my institution

Adopting an OER program does not mean that you have to throw away all your closed resources on day one. A lot of OER are developed as a supplement to the current teaching methods, especially in primary and secondary education

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OER adoption is just too radical for my institution

Adopting an OER program does not mean that you have to throw away all your closed resources on day one. A lot of OER are developed as a supplement to the current teaching methods, especially in primary and secondary education

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OER can led to using unverified materials by teachers and students

The level of assurance you can get from OER materials can be the same as with traditional materials: high when from institutionally reviewed process, lower when not reviewed or just found on the web. It depends on the country, but

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OER can led to using unverified materials by teachers and students

The level of assurance you can get from OER materials can be the same as with traditional materials: high when from institutionally reviewed process, lower when not reviewed or just found on the web. It depends on the country, but

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Teachers need more time and work to adapt OER

Discussing teachers’ work on preparation and adoption of learning materials is a much more complex issue and depends on many factors. Changes to resource-based learning which are happening recently are a part of increased work time needed for teachers to

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Teachers need more time and work to adapt OER

Discussing teachers’ work on preparation and adoption of learning materials is a much more complex issue and depends on many factors. Changes to resource-based learning which are happening recently are a part of increased work time needed for teachers to

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OER’s are damaging authors intellectual property and their profits

The Open Educational Resources’ idea is build upon high respect for both authors’ and users’ rights. Common use of Creative Commons (and other free licenses) for licensing open materials is a guarantee of precise information about rights and proper attribution.

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OER’s are damaging authors intellectual property and their profits

The Open Educational Resources’ idea is build upon high respect for both authors’ and users’ rights. Common use of Creative Commons (and other free licenses) for licensing open materials is a guarantee of precise information about rights and proper attribution.

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OER will replace well developed publishing models and their high quality work

Open Educational Resources are produced in various ways, same as traditional materials and can be subject to review process the same way. Quality management of OER can be as robust and professional as possible or it can be done after

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OER will replace well developed publishing models and their high quality work

Open Educational Resources are produced in various ways, same as traditional materials and can be subject to review process the same way. Quality management of OER can be as robust and professional as possible or it can be done after

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OER’s will damage publishing market

What damages the publishing market is not openness, it is the low adaptability to changes brought by new technologies. Open Educational Resources bring more competitiveness and disruption into educational publishing market but they are not damaging it. Instead OER bring

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OER’s will damage publishing market

What damages the publishing market is not openness, it is the low adaptability to changes brought by new technologies. Open Educational Resources bring more competitiveness and disruption into educational publishing market but they are not damaging it. Instead OER bring

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OER cannot be produced professionally

Open Educational Resources can be produced in various ways like traditional materials and can be subject to review processes the same way. Most of textbooks are authored by professionals and the small atomic resources we find on the web are

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OER cannot be produced professionally

Open Educational Resources can be produced in various ways like traditional materials and can be subject to review processes the same way. Most of textbooks are authored by professionals and the small atomic resources we find on the web are