Hi John. In our OER Guidance for Schools, we identify the following benefits (in G1: Open
Education and the Schools Sector):
use OER in schools?
Open Educational Resources enjoy a range of social, educational and financial benefits.
support schools and school staff in increasing access, fostering collaboration and
ensuring value for
By openly licensing learning materials, schools can provide additional value — making
funded works available for public benefit, through open and free exchange.
Education benefits from good resources, and reusing existing OER frees up time that can be
on other aspects of teaching and learning.
At the school level, use of OER (instead of paid-for resources) can help reduce costs, and
most out of existing budgets. Schools can benefit by increasing their capacity through
to OER networks of educators and expertise. OER (and Creative Commons licences) provide a
framework on the basis of which schools can collaborate and share flexible learning
as worksheets, course or textbooks) alongside innovative and effective practice. Use of
schools to work together. Releasing resources under open licences promotes the often
work that staff and schools are doing.
From an educator’s perspective, OER use and creation
can bring educators together and support
school staff in achieving shared goals.
Through sharing resources in common areas of interest,
working with OER can help develop school communities. Being able to draw on multiple
new approaches and expertise invigorates teaching and can increase quality.
OER increases the pool of resources available for activities in the classroom. This can
differentiation more easily, and increase the variety of classroom activities, as well as
OER also provide a range of benefits from a student perspective. They can increase the
availability of free-to-access resources and supplementary materials available to
can support independent and informal learning, providing educationally focused materials
young people are interested in learning more about, which might not be covered by the
curriculum, or might be taught on courses they aren’t able to take. OER also make
available to learners globally who may not be as well supported as UK learners.
And we also provide policy benefits information in G4: Openly Licensing and Sharing Your
Resources (particularly under 'OER school policies and processes'). You can
download all of our guidance, policy and resources docs here:
(including a walk through for using
Wikipedia's Book Creator tool)
The guidance has been produced for schools, but has also already been 'translated'
for the further and higher education sectors:
more quantitative terms, you'll want to check out the OER Hub's OER Impact maps:
Best wishes, Josie
From: john cummings <mrjohncummings(a)gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia Education <education(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Monday, 7 September 2015, 12:42
Subject: [Wikimedia Education] [wikimedia-education] What benefits can educational
organisations get from adopting open licenses?
Can people tell me are there any good online resources on what benefits educational
organisations can get from adopting open licenses? Please feel free to braindump as many
as you like, I've helped make a tool for collating Wikimedia related resources
including ones for advocacy and this seems to be an area that I can't find much on.
They do not have to be Wikimedia related, just generally about the effects of open
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