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School of Human & Community Development (SHCD): Open Educational Resources

What is Open Educational Resources

An open educational resource (OER) is a digital material that can be re-used for teaching, learning, research and more, made available free through open licenses. This allows uses of the materials that would not be easily permitted under copyright alone (Hylén, 2007:30).

OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 2012)

Referernces List

Hylén, Jan. 2007. Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources. Paris, France: OECD Publishing.

OER defined". The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. 2012-08. http://www.hewlett.org/programs/education-program/open-educational-resources. Retrieved 4 October 2012.

Speech Pathology & Audiology

This unit looks at how language is understood, which includes hearing and how sounds and words are interpreted by the brain. It takes an interdisciplinary approach and should be of wide general interest.

Social Work

Ever wondered what social workers do? This brief introduction gives you some insight into social work practice and the theory which informs the practice. This unit is made up of a series of six extracts. You are introduced to the four components to good practice and will look at the importance of the following approaches to social work practice

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