OERs in the UK: Learning from Digital Futures in Teacher Education project

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OERs in the UK: Learning from Digital Futures in Teacher Education project

  1. 1. OERs in the UK: Learning from Digital Futures in Teacher Education project Anna Gruszczynska, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  2. 2. What makes the British approach of OER special? • The context of UK OER programme (2009- 2013) – exploring issues and challenges related to OER (re)use in Higher Education context • Over 90 highly innovative projects built on the principle of cross-sector collaborations • Active network and a series of OER conferences • Changing/challenging education context - current debates on the role of ICT in schools
  3. 3. About the project Local teachers and pupils, teacher educators and teacher education students involved in: •sharing and developing good practice in teaching •understanding more about digital literacy •developing guidance on Open Educational Resources in the school context •Project outputs were shared via an open textbook (pulling together case studies and supporting resources) and the "Digital Bloom" installation For more information – and for access to useful OERs: • Project website www.digitalfutures.org • Project blog www.deftoer3.wordpress.com • Twitter @deftoer3 • Slideshare www.slideshare.net/deftoer3 • Contact: a.gruszczynska@shu.ac.uk
  4. 4. Core focus of the project • Methodological approaches: exploring the ways in which understandings around DL are expressed and shared through reflection in action • Re-examining DL in the context of the debate around ICT in the curriculum and the removal of the programmes of study • Exploring the place of DL and OERs in professional development of teachers
  5. 5. Practical advice • Recognise existing practices of sharing within usually informal networks • Recognise and challenge the myth of digital natives • Clarify misconceptions about sharing resources and especially copyright • Focus on the why of OERs and readiness for sharing, not just the technology • Explore the links between digital literacy/OERs and creativity
  6. 6. Questions? Stories?

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