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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Why Open Education Matters


OER (Open Educational Resources) Introduction II


Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER, a part of the global open content movement, are shared teaching, learning, and research resources available under legally recognized open licenses -- free for people to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. Why are OER important? High-quality OER can save teachers significant time and effort on resource development and advance student learning inside and outside the classroom. Further, open sharing of resources has the potential to fuel collaboration, encourage the improvement of available materials, and aid in the dissemination of best practices.

The revolution of Open Online Learning brings great opportunities to millions of learners. However, the size of the learner population and the heterogeneity of the learners’ backgrounds make conventional one-size-fits-all educations inappropriate. The learners, especially novices, can search learning materials faster without sacrificing accuracy, when using an interface with linked learning resources, as compared to a traditional, monolithic one.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Sites for Free Education


OER Program

University of Michigan Open Michigan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) MIT Open Courseware
University of California - Berkeley webcast. Berkeley
Pennsylvania State University Open Educational Sources
Yale University Open Yale Courses
University of Notre Dame Office of Digital Learning 
Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative
Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative
Johns Hopkins University - Public health JHSPH Open Courseware
Tufts University Tufts Open Courseware
Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)

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Anvari.Net Team

Mort AnvariMort AnvariMort Anvari taught manufacturing and industrial systems engineering courses at the University of Michigan for five years where he received his three engineering degrees, and as an adjunct professor he teaches project and cost management at local universities in the Washington DC area. In his early career he worked at General Motors as a production engineer and later as an operations research and systems analyst at the cost and economic analysis center in Washington DC. Mort is a member of the USA Senior Executive Service (SES) and currently serving as the Director of Programs and Strategy at the ASA (FM&C) and the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) deployment Director where he oversees process improvement initiatives, economic studies validation, cost benefit analysis, and risk and uncertainty analysis in support of major defense programs. Mort is DoD Financial Management Level 3 Certified as well as Defense Acquisition University Level III Certified in Business Financial Management (BFM), and Business Cost Estimating (BCE). Mort has received several professional awards that includes DoD modeling and simulation award. In his public lectures, Mort educates and stimulates cost culture debates among academia, government and industry leaders and managers. Professor Anvari has repeatedly appeared on the Voice of America live television programs analyzing the politics and economy of the Middle East.