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Transferring 'CC licensed' Youtube video from one channel to another

Consider a scenario in which you are using a CC licensed Youtube video, which is available on a channel that is not yours, with your students.

One fine day you notice that the video has been removed and is not longer available to our students. So that you don't get stuck in a situation like this, you should have had this video available directly from your Youtube Channel. For this, you first have to download the video to your computer and then upload it to your Youtube Channel.

Training Industry: SOAR with Open Educational Resources (OER)

A lot of transformation is happening in education sector with the advent of Open Educational Resources as a movement. Enormous amount of learning material is available in the space of Open Educational Resources (OER), but the use is mostly limited to academic institutes. There is humongous scope for the training industry to leverage the benefit from OER, especially in the skill development.

MOOCs are NOT OER

I have noticed that when I talk about Open Educational Resources (OER),  some people respond by saying they know about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

I am not sure why this confusion persists. It seems to me that they are completely different things.

Finding and Sharing OER for your class

In this post I will be talking about how to find and share the OER learning materials which are available on various OER related websites or portals.


Suppose there are 25 students in your class and you want to use OER learning material for the next session with them.

Open Educational Resources and its Quality

I understand many people are concerned about quality of OER.  Let us see what we are concerned about. Are we implying that every content that is under copyright is of good quality? There are terrific commercial textbooks and there are terrific OER. There are also terrible commercial textbooks and terrible OER. Local experts must vet the quality of whatever resources they choose to adopt, and cannot abdicate this responsibility to publishing houses or anyone else. Therefore, quality is not necessarily a function of copyright status of the material.

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