Open Educational Resources (Training materials)
Open edcational materials (OERs)
Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely cite, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.
The today’s person highly assess his timing and costs. More and more people are searching for alternative ways of gaining knowledge by attending webinars, reading specialised articles and forums. We are evidencing the openness movement and the era of the online communications – where everyone at every single second is either publishing/finding/reading new information.
The 5R`s of Open Content:
According to opencontent.org, to be considered "open," educational resources must be free and give users the right to do the 5 R's:
- Retain: make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
- Reuse: use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
- Revise: adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
- Remix: combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
- Redistribute: share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)
Benefits from OERs:
1.COST = Zero (Resources are free for anyone that wants to look them up)
2. Raises the standard of education by including ideas and experiences of multiple experts in the field of study.
3. The choices of access availability through PC, notepad, mobile phone will increase the chances more people to take advantage of it.
4. Peer review – one can share his/her own lessons with others and have the feedback from peers and other students.
Key reasons for including OER development amongst the SmART key activities:
Although the resources of getting qualified, professional and specific information is as simple as possible and people can have a free direct access to open lectures and resources some `know-how` themes are still not that widely disseminated. In more particular, this is the case of the available training materials in the field of `Management and marketing of the arts and Creative insdustries. There are relatively few freely available courses and OERs in these fields. In the EU youth can register for online courses on the topics, but these courses are limited in terms of access and time frames. The availability of education and training resources is even lower in the Africa target regions.
Since, in the face of its partners the SmART project combines the practical experience of youth organizations, academic institutions and art enterprises, the partnership consortia belives it is capable to provide essential knowledge for the Cultural and creative industries and thus, to establish a platform for unleashing the potential of the CCis to bring higher regional growth and youth emplyment.
Moreover, the OERs would enable the youth organizations and youth leaders to provide training non-formal training and education and thus, to widen the possibilities of youth to get employed or involved in dynamic and resilient economic sector.
How the OERs `Managing the Arts and Creative sectors` can be used:
The developed OERs cover 3 broad topics: (i) Arts Management and Marketing; (ii) Creative Entrepreneurship and (iii) Social impact in and through the Arts. These topics are organized as 3 separate training courses, which provide knowledge in the particular fields but could be easily incorporated in 1 integral training that covers all specifics in the field of art. The OERs are complemented by methodological guidelines which provide the necessary instructions and support to lecturers, course organizers and trainees.
The OERs are not planned to remain static. Apart of the follow-up contributions by the project partners, the content of the training materials can be further enriched, adapted and translated by anyone who would like to contribute. All interested parties (experts, lecturers, youth organizations, students and etc.) are kindly invited to submit their remarks and revised sections by using the provided contacts of the lead partner. International Management Institute will contact each contributor for feedback and peer-revisions.
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