What are open educational materials?
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is affiliated with the international academic Open Science movement. This movement encourages the use and creation of open educational materials. Open educational resources are learning materials that are made openly available in digital form for educational purposes. These resources come in many forms, varying from knowledge clips to open textbooks, and from open access articles and open assignments to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
The use of open educational materials has many advantages. Open educational materials:
- can increase a student's study success
- can be deployed flexibly
- can support active blended learning
- are timesaving
- are cost-free
By sharing open educational materials, every student has access to the educational knowledge that is shared in the academic world.
As with other (digital) educational materials, you must always cite your source with open educational materials.