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Fun and games - writing Open Educational Resources

on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 23:21

The field of Open Educational Resources (OERs) is one that is evolving and growing rapidly.  OERs are educational materials produced using freely available software and tools and published as a free resource for all to use, adapt and modify, depending on the permissions granted via Creative Commons licences.  This present module on 'The use of cooperative games in learning about conflict management' was put together over a period of time drawing on an amazingly rich and vesatile range of such software and tools. Compendium provided useful and visual tools for exploring and mapping ideas, and for keeping lists of sources and references in an easily-accessible format.  Glo Maker is a software package that focuses on good learning design and was very useful in determining the content and layout of the OER.  Finally, the resource was put together with Xerte Online Tookkits.

I have only stratched the surface in discovering what is 'out there' and more is being developed continually.  As with anything new and unfamiliar, it required the investment of a little time to get to know the ins and outs of using the software, importing and exporting products and publishing them.  However, advice can be found in the many guides, online tutorials and helpful forums and the effort of learning feels all very worthwhile!