OER Commons is a place where both students and teachers alike can find and use freely available educational resources for all levels of education.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. Open Educational Resources are different from other resources a teacher may use in that OER have been given limited or unrestricted licensing rights. That means they have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights…OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared
OER Commons features among others
- Full university courses, complete with readings, videos of lectures, homework assignments, and lecture notes.
- Interactive mini-lessons and simulations about a specific topic, such as math or physics.
- Adaptations of existing open work.
- Electronic textbooks that are peer-reviewed and frequently updated.
- Elementary school and high school (K-12) lesson plans, worksheets, and activities that are aligned with state standards
I personally find this site very useful and has come in handy in both my personal and academic capacities. Registration very simple and once registered, you have access to a whole new world of knowledge repository without needing to worry so much about licensing issues.
One of the greatest impediments to the wider adoption of Linux has always been the lack of a simple resource that is written in everyday language for new users. Most people are stuck to Windows because despite all of its flaws, it is still relatively user friendly to the everyday, normal average Joe and also uses normal simple language.
It is in this regard that the Linux for Education
site sponsored by the OpenSuse Education Project is a very wonderful move and one that needs commendation from all those in the FOSS world. It has a wealth of resources and learning modules including collections of useful courses to help you better use the applications found on the Linux distributions
. There are also forums, chatrooms, courses, and help materials at your disposal.
This is a great resource I recommend to all newbies to the World of GNU/Linux and Open Source. More experienced users also will find lots of resources to enhance their knowledge base. Go on register and learn to use GNU/Linux.