Information technology can help to equalise the distribution of high quality educational opportunities throughout the world. In particular, having learning materials freely available for adaptation and re-purposing can expand access to learning of better quality at lower cost. A campaign to make freely adaptable content known as Open Educational Resources (OER) widely available has gathered momentum. A global community of OER producers has emerged and institutions are incorporating these resources into their teaching and learning strategies”
His latest (open) project is the Open Content Toolkit. The purpose of the toolkit (built as a Wiki) is to provide a gateway to contemporary and historical open digital media content from media archives and collections around the world.
The aim of the Open Content Toolkit is to develop strategies that will identify or kickstart potential projects and workshop formats that can help schools, teachers and students; engage with, and take advantage of the growing wealth of open digital content and resources available online. Help them discover resources that can be used freely and safely in all curriculum areas. Actively involve teachers and students in developing such resources and to provide a framework for them to promote the use of open content and media archives.
Although the Open Content Toolkit remains a work in progress the is already a must read for educators as Theo and his team of volunteers have started to curate lists organisation hosting open content and curated links to sources of open content in order make them easy to find and access.
So, if you didn’t know about the Getty Trust Open Content Program, Flickr Commons (Flickr Commons host photographic collections from major cultural institutions, with 'no known copyright restrictions), Project Gutenberg (46,000 free ebooks or online, many illustrated) and Comic Book Plus (a historically significant archive, of well known and not so well known comic characters - free and legal to use) plus all the other great links then do check out the sources page.
Definitely a project to watch as it continues to develop over time.