The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today released the “Guide on the Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 and Postsecondary Education.” This Guide provides a framework for understanding open educational resources (OER), and it examines development and implementation costs, current business models, government and philanthropy’s role, and other considerations around the use of OER.
The Guide includes the following:
– OER Definition, including full explanations of related copyright and licensing issues
– Total Cost of Development/Ownership of instructional materials, including implications for those creating and implementing OER
– Business/Funding Models being used to develop and support OER by content developers and aggregators, both for-profit and non-profit
– Government Initiatives, including a sampling of key federal, state and international OER policies and grants
– OER Frequently Asked Questions
The Guide is available to all under a CC-BY license and is especially crafted to inform legislators, government officials, education leaders, faculty, and content developers and aggregators.