Open Educational Resources and Repositories

Repositories of Open Educational Resources

During the past few years, hundreds of repositories of learning resources, freely available to everyone, have been developed.

In this part of the book, you will explore repositories of educational reosurces, which are strictly related to the idea that learning contents should be developed by having in mind a learning strategy, specific learning objectives and outcomes, and a clear learning approach.

In the previous modules, you have been told that there are several repositories of digital content in the so-called Web 2.0 world (e.g. YouTube, Flickr, SlideShare). The main difference with the repositories that are presented here is that Web 2.0 repositories are not specialized for educational purposes, but are general purpose. This does not mean that resources found in these repositories are unsuitable for educational purposes! It means that it is necessary to make a further effort in using these contents, in order to integrate them in an specific learning path.