Talk:Open educational resources

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OER a proper noun?[edit]

Wondering if "Open Educational Resources" is a proper noun, should the article title be uppercase instead of lowercase? Litjade (talk) 02:10, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

I've seen it written like that (uppercase) more often than not. I'd vote yes. R.M.McKernan (talk) 00:29, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Case for OER=(lowercase) open educational resources[edit]

Thanks, @R.M.McKernan, for responding. Like others here, I'm contributing as a participant in the WIKISOO course and learning as I go. Let me attempt to make the case in favor of using "open educational resources" over "Open Educational Resources" in Wikipedia articles. Applying the WP:CAPSACRS style guideline that "emphasizing the letters that make up the acronym is undesirable," OER would be expanded to the lowercase open educational resources. And applying the WP:DOCTCAPS style guideline that "systems of thought do not begin with a capital letter, unless the name derives from a proper name," the term would be lowercase. I couldn't find anything to the contrary under proposed naming conventions or in the WikiProject Open. —Litjade (talk) 23:08, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Added content before consulting talk page[edit]

Greetings, I'm a newbie editor, and am taking a WIKISOO online course. I added content and two citations to this page before asking if that was ok on the talk page. It is copied below, and please let me know if this was incorrect protocol, and if this historical antecedent should have been placed somewhere else on Wikipedia.

Here is what I added... An historical antecedent to consider is the pedagogy of artist Joseph Beuys and the founding of the Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research in 1993. After co-creating with his students, in 1967, the German Student Party, Beuys was dismissed from his teaching post in 1972 at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsselforf. The institution did not approve of the fact that he permitted 50 students who had been rejected from admission to study with him. The Free University became increasingly involved in political and radical actions calling for a revitalization and restructuring of educational systems.[26] [27] Netherzone (talk) 22:54, 10 March 2014 (UTC) Vivrolfe (talk) 12:28, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Possible Article Enhancements[edit]

I'm also enrolled in WIKISOO. A quick read suggests to me that some of the International section and the preceding section need merging or differentiation. The MOOC pay-for certificate reference could use some elaboration. Sometimes acronyms are used without first giving the full name of an organization or institution. The role of librarians and libraries might fit in the reference to information literacy mentions. The Critical Discourse section is weak and could actually use more content. Some mention of the various populations served and the role of the movement in life long learning and autodidacticism might be made or referred to.Researcherguy (talk) 15:30, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

The title "international section" and references to international activity implies OER has origins in one particular country or region, whereas the origins of "open" are widespread. Should we refer to it as "global section or global activity" Vivrolfe (talk) 12:30, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

I could also contribute to the "institutional support" section particularly the funding and ongoing growth of OER in the UK which could be much elaborated upon. Vivrolfe (talk) 12:30, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Critical Pedagogy.[edit]

I wonder what is the relation between the Open educational resources and the Critical pedagogy. Not only the pedagogy who creates Paulo Freire, but also Henry Giroux and Peter McLaren. This subject came to my mind when I read about the Joseph Beuys initiative, which is related to the 'critical pedagogy'. Maybe I'm just guessing, but I read a book of Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells: Participator Arts and the Politics of the Spectatorship, where she talks about these topics.--Luisalvaz (talk) 01:10, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Excellent observation, @Luisalvaz: -- I do not know the answer, but I think it would be great to investigate and create appropriate links between these Wikipedia articles. In addition, two of our WP:WIKISOO students have recently created the article Public Sphere Pedagogy which I think is also related. @Ryanx7: and @Graphemie:, any thoughts? -Pete (talk) 01:28, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Great list of OER[edit]

I'm delighted to find this incredible list of OER from UMUC - all the sites everyone knows about and a few more. Posting here to celebrate. ;) http://libguides.umuc.edu/content.php?pid=10986&sid=4182411 - Sara FB (talk) 19:00, 20 April 2014 (UTC)