A Guide to Educational Resources

Educational resources are free, available, freely distributed information, media, text and other useful digital resources that are useful for learning, teaching, and testing and for research purposes. It includes texts, articles, graphics, sound, video, software and computer programs. Educational resources may include computer programs such as Microsoft Office products, Adobe reader products, Open Office programs, Adobe Flash products, and student newspapers. Educational websites, on the other hand, may feature a range of information, which is specifically directed to students in education. Educational resources may also be textbooks, lesson plans, lesson guides, CDs and DVDs, interactive games, curriculum and assessment tests.

Educational resources

A Guide to Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources. Open educational resources include the texts, audio and video files, software and applications that form a part of a particular course or school project, along with related references and instructions. These learning materials are usually licensed under open licenses, which allow users to use them for any purpose. The most common open educational resources are those that form part of a lesson plan used in elementary and secondary schools, and resources that form a part of the core curriculum used in universities and colleges. Some of the more popular open educational resources include texts, audio and video files, software and application products, school and district policies, student portfolios, notebooks, worksheets and other reading material, computer games, art and music software, language software, electronic reports and workbooks, textbooks and more.

Public Domain. Many educational materials and programs are developing using freely available resources, which are then licensed to be freely used by the public. Examples of this are the contents of Wikipedia and the photographs featured on Flickr. Materials developed using open licenses are often licensed under the GNU FDL or Creative Commons licenses, making them completely free to use by everyone.