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Presentation given by Steve Swithenby at the SCORE Short-term Fellowship Week April 2011

Presentation given by Steve Swithenby at the SCORE Short-term Fellowship Week April 2011

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  • 1. OERs in STEM subjects Stephen Swithenby April 12 2011
  • 2. Agenda
    • OER challenges in STEM
    • OER opportunities in STEM
    • Your challenges and opportunities
    • Discussion
  • 3. What’s the problem?
  • 4. What’s the problem?
  • 5. E-learning issues in STEM
    • Mathematical notation
    • Complex diagrams
    • Interoperability - Online ‘conversations’
    • Laboratory practice
    • Field practice
    • Studio practice
    • Professional body prescriptiveness (e.g. curriculum, ftf)
    • Are these Open Educational Resource issues?
  • 6. E-learning of maths /diagrams
    • Chalk and pencil – culture/belief
    • Equation editor
    • Mathtype
    • Latex (or in embedded html form)
    • <a href=&quot;http://www.codecogs.com/eqnedit.php?latex=oint vec{F} cdot dvec{s}=0&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;><img src=&quot;http://latex.codecogs.com/gif.latex?oint vec{F} cdot dvec{s}=0&quot; title=&quot;oint vec{F} cdot dvec{s}=0&quot; /></a>
  • 7.  
  • 8.  
  • 9. E-learning of maths/diagrams
    • Intrinsic part of the language of STEM
    • Incorporation of maths and diagrams in e-assessment
    • Open Mark
  • 10. Maths/diagrams and OERS
    • Transmission of prepared resources possible
    • Mathcentre
    • However,
    • Significant cost of production.
    • Authorial competence
    • Issues of interoperability – VLEs, assessment platforms
    • Interactivity
  • 11. E-learning and STEM practice
    • Labs, field work, studio are major requirements in STEM qualifications – upward of 20%-40%
    • Very expensive to develop and maintain.
    • Authenticity – the mystique of the White Coat
    • Professional Body requirements
    • Lab based capacity constraints in LDCs.
    • What is a STEM practice OER
  • 12. OERs for STEM practice
    • Standard kits and experiments (sensor kits/pre-packaged expts.
    • Simulations
    • Interactive experiments
    • Remotely controllable laboratories
    • Design community
    • Authenticity
    • Cost
  • 13.  
  • 14. OERs for STEM practice
    • Standard kits and experiments (sensor kits/pre-packaged expts.
    • Simulations
    • Interactive experiments
    • Remotely controllable laboratories
    • Virtual field trips
    • Design community
    • Authenticity
    • Cost
  • 15. Opportunities in STEM
    • Demand for difficult-to-prepare resources
    • Moodle as a shared open source platform
    • Web services (assessment, labs etc)
    • Interactive OERS in STEM
  • 16. Workshop questions
    • Are there any specific features of L&T in your discipline that are difficult for the individual teacher to handle?
    • Could OERs help to overcome the difficulties?
    • What are the related challenges and opportunities for OERs?