OER in context and open education movement


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OER in context and open education movement

  1. 1. Niraj Thurairajah<br />Images and logos:<br />All text<br />Open Educational Resources (OER)<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/uafcde/3170529229/<br />
  2. 2. Open Educational Resources<br />Commonly used definition (OECD, 2007)<br />Digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research<br />Learning materials that are freely available under a license that allows them to be:<br />Reused<br />Revised <br />Remixed<br />Redistributed <br />
  3. 3. Openness<br />The concept of ‘Openness’ is based on the idea that knowledge should be disseminated and shared freely through the Internet for the benefit of society as a whole<br />‘openness’ entails, at a minimum, no cost to the consumer or user of the resource (Downes, 2007; Tuomi, 2006)<br />free availability<br />fewer restrictions<br />
  4. 4. Educational Resources<br />Resources are not limited to content but comprise three areas:<br />Learning content: Full courses, learning objects, collections and journals.<br />Tools: Software/tools to support the development, use, reuse and delivery of learning content<br />Implementation resources: Licenses to promote open publishing, design principles of best practice and localise content.<br />OECD, 2007<br />
  5. 5. Open in OER (Geser, 2007)<br />Open access: content (including metadata) is provided free of charge<br />“open” educational resources<br />Open licensed: liberally licensed for re-use, favourably free from restrictions to modify, combine and repurpose<br />Open format: produced in open format and designed for easy re-use<br />Open software: produced with <br />open source software<br />
  6. 6. OER in Higher Educational Institutes<br />
  7. 7. MIT Open Courseware <br />
  8. 8. Humbox<br />JISC funded<br />Phase 1<br />Humanities<br />
  9. 9. Map of online communities<br />http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/munroes-map-for-social-networksrsquo-lost-souls-2111356.html<br />
  10. 10. Benefits of OER<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/psd/1805374441/<br />
  11. 11. For students<br />Learn new things or enrich other studies;<br />Share and discuss topics asynchronously or synchronously with other learners;<br />Assess whether they wish to participate in (further) formal education; <br />Decide which institution they want to study at;<br />Improve their work performance;<br />Create or revise OER themselves.<br />
  12. 12. For Academics<br />Create courses more efficiently and/or effectively, particularly using rich media resources that require advanced technical and media skills;<br />Investigate the ways in which others have taught their subject;<br />Create resources or courses in collaboration with others rather than doing it all themselves;<br />Join in communities of practice which help improve their teaching practices as they reflect on the community use of new open tools and technologies;<br />Customise and adapt resources by translating or localising them.<br />
  13. 13. For Educational Institutes<br />Showcase their teaching and research programmes to wider audiences;<br />Widen the pool of applicants for their courses and programmes;<br />Lower the lifetime costs of developing educational resources;<br />Collaborate with public and commercial organisations in new ways, including educational publishers;<br />Extend their outreach activities <br />
  14. 14. For Government<br />Showcase their country’s educational systems;<br />Attract international students (to higher education at least);<br />Help drive changes in educational practices;<br />Develop educational resources in ‘minority’ languages that commercial publishers are reluctant to do so;<br />Develop educational resources that reflect local cultures and priorities;<br />Cooperate internationally on common resources to meet common needs.<br />
  15. 15. Thank you<br />
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