Open Educational Resources is a fascinating way to make education available to practically everyone who can access these resources. Tom Friedman considers Web 2.0 technologies one of the world flatterers. Open resources expand social learning which is the concept of constructing content through interactions and conversations with other people. Social learning can be contrasted to Cartesian premise which says “I think, therefore I am”. On the other hand, social view of learning says, ” We participate therefore we are”. If you want to dig deeper, consider reading Minds on Fire by John Seely Brown.
Open sources can come in the form of PDF’s, text documents, Webinars, audio/video files, various software, etc. Here are several links to OER you can check out: