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Open Educational Resource Repositories: An Analysis
Posted on 12 April 2012 by Shahril Effendi Bin Ibrahim (Senior Librarian)
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Rory McGreal
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HBMeU Annual Congress 2012 - Atlantis,The Palm,Dubai
Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University, Dubai

Open Educational Resource (OER)
repositories are digital databases that house
learning content, applications and tools such
as texts, papers, videos, audio recordings,
multimedia applications and social
networking tools. Through these
repositories, they are rendered accessible to
learners and instructors on the World Wide
Web. They are becoming important
resources for both learners and instructors
as the quantity and quality of the OER
Repositories increases. The recycling and
re-use of OER Repositories in standards-
based repositories can significantly increase
the cost effectiveness of both online and
blended education. With a wise and
considered implementation and integration
of OER Repositories with the removal of
intellectual property barriers, we can reduce
what is perhaps the largest barrier to
participation in education, namely, the high,
and growing individual and societal cost,
while increasing quality and opening up
mass participation in learning. This paper
addresses the following research questions:

What types of OER repositories are
available on the Internet?
What features are more or less universal and
which are specific to certain types? (Abstract by author)

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