Webinar 601 - The Role of  Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm MST, Adobe Connect
Keynote presentation by Stephen Downes

With major announcements in the world of open educational resources, such as the funding of college OERs announced in the U.S., or the creation of OER-University being supported by WikiEducator and the Commonwealth of Learning, as well as with the success of the OpenCourseWare consortium and other initiatives, attention is now turning to the development of OERs, the role that they play, and how the process should be managed. In this talk, Stephen Downes argues that rather than think of OERs as contenmt objects, containing knowledge and information intended for transfer to the student, OERs should be thought of as the raw material a learner works with through the practice of managing their own learning. More specifically, the role of open educational resources is to function as a vocabulary of multimedia ‘words’ with which learners converse with each other and with experts in the field. The main emphasis of this presentation was to speak of the role of OERs in the development of learning networks - these networks that are the characteristic result of conversations, and in which our academic and scientific communities are contained.