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Effective search of OER? [message #25] Mon, 11 June 2007 09:49 Go to next message
mdeimann  is currently offline mdeimann
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How can one effectively search for OER? What are your experiences and what tips can you give?
If possible, please rate your tips.
Re: Effective search of OER? [message #27 is a reply to message #25 ] Thu, 14 June 2007 14:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
bennovolk  is currently offline bennovolk
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Dear all

At the Univ. of Zurich the “Open Access Website” (http://www.oai.uzh.ch/) for a free publishing of scientific papers is hosted by the library. The normal data base with an “easy to handle” search can be used to find these publications.

I hope that in few years it would be possible to use the library not only for open access to scientific papers but also for an open access to educational resources.
Therefore it would be necessary that the development of learning content (with specific quality standards) should have the same reputation as a professional reference like a scientific paper or book.

Does anybody know of a library where this is already realized?

Benno Volk, Univ. of Zurich
Re: Effective search of OER? [message #29 is a reply to message #25 ] Wed, 20 June 2007 14:23 Go to previous message
Cordula  is currently offline Cordula
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Hi All,

for me a bog-standard search still starts with search engines such as Google.

Of course you do have to deal with questions of relevance and quality when being snowed under with data but I suppose after a while you do develop a strategy to intuitively find what you’re after.

I find it especially helpful to go to sites of well-known institutions such as MIT

They seem to keep an eye on the quality of their OpenCourseWare as they couldn’t afford to tarnish their good reputation.

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