OER? OCW?

Have you heard of these acronyms? What do they mean? What has it got to do with me? What is ADeC up to again????

These might be some of the questions that you have when reading the title of this blog post. OER is an acronym for Open Educational Resources. The name implies that the OER creator has published their materials online for other educators and students to freely use, change, or share with others. The materials posted are intended to be shared and to benefit as many as possible in the spirit of open education.

An OER can be in a form of a slide presentation curated or created by the educator, a multimedia presentation, an interactive learning object, or a complete course content for an entire semester. The latter can also be called OCW (Open Courseware), which is defined by the Open Education Consortium as free and open digital publication of high quality college and university‐level educational materials. These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content.

As an institution, UM is a member to the Open Education Consortium since 2014, along with several local public universities like USM, UTM, UKM and others. The benefit of this membership allows our university to become a stakeholder in a rich and diverse community of global thought leaders, practitioners and educators working to improve teaching and learning worldwide through open educational practices and resources. Benefits of membership include international recognition and exposure, networking, access to expert practitioners, shared media exposure, and participation in communities and projects.

For educators in UM, this membership allows us to access and use of the catalogue of Open Educational Resources by member institutions such as MIT, TU Delft, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, University of California’s MERLOT, Japan Opencourseware Consortium, Open Education France and other member institutions. You can click on the link of the institutions to sample and search their OER catalogue of resources. Alternatively, head on to https://www.oeconsortium.org/members/ to see the member list and search for courses.

UM has its own Open Courseware repository that contains some 60 open courses that was shared by our own educators for other students and global educators. Our open resources were accessed more than 30 thousand times annually and we have visitors from all over the world. This could be a good way to market your expertise and make you more well known to the academic community.

ADeC would like to call on UM educators to continually add more and up-to-date resources into this catalogue to foster the spirit of sharing of resources between the academic community, internally within UM and looking outward to the global higher education community at large.

If you have an exciting educational resource that you think would benefit others, please contact adec@um.edu.my to have them listed in the OCW repository.

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