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And a student describes his use of OER to complement his notes and lectures:

“I just look for any concepts that I need for [my] classes that are a little shady from my notes and lectures. That’s pretty much what I do now.”

Oer commons, an evolution in learning

OER Commons is in the forefront in providing a teaching and learning network of shared materials, from K-12 through college, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone to use and add to. We’ll be using OER Commons in this course for all the hands-on activities.

As of 2007, OER Commons has nearly seventy institutional partner collections bringing over 11,000 resources to instructors and learners. And it’s growing every day!

You, the important contributor

The power of OER is the contribution of individual educators and learners, like you. Your contribution makes a difference worldwide in education. The following two stories illustrate how OER has touched the lives of both students and educators.

Oer stories from around the world

Students in New York and Barcelona collaborate on a global climate change presentation.

An educator in Hong Kong finds group exercises for her learning sciences class.

Your experience using open and freely shared course-related materials is valuable in the reuse and evolution of the materials. Tell us your story ; how you’ve used these materials and how their use has impacted how you teach or learn.

Activities in this module

The following activities have been created to help you get started with OER using OER Commons.

Activity: join oer commons

If you don’t have a free OER Commons account yet, complete the short registration form . Your account will be created immediately.

Activity: join the oer commons electronic newsletter

To receive regular updates about the exciting developments in OER Commons, subscribe to the newsletter on the OER Commons homepage. Look for the blue box on the right side of the computer screen called “Sign Up to Receive e-News!” Enter your email address and click the “Sign Up Now” button.

You can also view archives of the newsletter online.

Activity: using oer materials

In the OER Commons discussion “ How and Why of OER ,” post your stories, suggestions, and questions with using OER in your teaching and learning. Here are some questions to consider in your post:

  • How have you used OER in your teaching and learning?
  • How have your students used OER? What were their learning outcomes?
  • What have been your challenges in using OER?
  • What impact has OER had on your institution?
  • If you had unlimited resources, how would you contribute to the OER?

If you haven’t started using OER, consider these questions:

  • What challenges have you had in trying to use OER?
  • What would assist you in starting to use OER?

Optional activity: facebook

If you are a Facebook member, add OER Daily to your profile to receive a new-featured item from the OER Commons site every day.

Facebook members can find the OER Daily application at: (External Link)

To add OER Daily to your profile, click the link "GRAB THIS APP!"

For more information

The following resources have been selected to provide more information on concepts we covered in this module.

What is OER

About OER Commons

In this module, some OER basics were presented and opportunities were provided to help you get started using OER Commons. In the next module, “ Finding OER Materials You Can Start Using Now ,” will cover finding OER materials you can start using right now in your teaching and learning.

For more information about OER Commons, send an email to info@oercommons.org .

Use this feedback form to send OER Commons general feedback, a feature request, or information about a bug/problem you had using the site.

To see the ever-growing list of the new content providers and contributors to OER Commons, visit the Content Providers page often. You can be one too!

“quotable quote”

For all information’s independence and extent, it is people, in their communities, organizations, and institutions, who ultimately decide what it all means and why it matters

Brown, J. S.,&Duguid, P. (2002). The social life of information. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.

About this module

The "How Tos" of OER Commons is a set of learning modules evolving out of the development of OER Commons ( (External Link) ), a teaching and learning network for free-to-use educational materials from around the world, created and licensed by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME).

Course contributors are Lisa Petrides, Amee Godwin, and Cynthia Jimes, and online learning consultant, Patricia Delich.

For more information, visit (External Link) and (External Link) .

Questions & Answers

Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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