Wk 10 A7: Exploring OERs

For this activity I have looked at three websites with Open Educational Resources (OERs).

MIT Open Courseware (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

Useing the search term ‘Darwin’ 235 results appeared under the MIT OpenCourseWare tab, and a further 5 under a tab called Highlights for High School.  According to the website “Highlights for High School features MIT OpenCourseWare materials that are most useful for high school students and teachers.”

The results from the MIT OpenCourseWare tab included a detailed syllabus, calendar, readings, assignments and course materials for a 26 week face to face course on “Darwin and Design”. There was also a pdf of a PowerPoint presentation looking at the statistical physics of evolution and a script/lesson plan for a lesson about race and Science.

The results under the Highlights for High School included transcripts of lectures and details on a course about Victorian literature and culture.

Open Learning Initiative (http://www.cmu.edu/oli/index.shtml)

This site had no search engine, and as far as I could tell, only 12 ‘Free and Open’ courses. The modern Biology course had 6 units with a total of 19 modules.  These modules were online pages which included text and interactive images and diagrams with opportunities for the learner to post answers to questions.  A teacher must register to use these resources and there is a mantainence fee per student for some courses.

Open Learn http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/home.php

Searching for ‘Darwin’ on this site came up with 3390 items.  These included VLE courses which are rated by learners and can be downloaded to be used in other formats


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