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# Oer and stem short term fellows residential course april 2011 steve swithenby

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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?