Recent Tasks for eQNet• Applying TW criteria to evaluate LRE resources – Voting on TW or non-TW – Indicating which criteria apply• Gathering feedback on criteria from a variety of teachers (expert and non-expert) using questionnaires• Gathering feedback from eQNet teachers on their experiences with digital resources in discussion forums• Addressing the need for clear information on copyright and IPR issues for educators• Following Achieve, Inc. – U.S. Common Core Standards/Quality rubrics• http://www.achieve.org/files/AchieveOERRubrics.pdf
eQNet Task Results from Summer 2011• Teachers recommended TW collections• LRE reviewed the collections• LRE Harvested collections when possible• TW resources recommended by teachers in LRE: http://lreforschools.eun.org/web/guest/travel well-all• Resulting in high quality collections in the LRE
New Collection # Type of ResourcesAnimovaná Fyzika, 26 Animations – Physics- Everyday MachineCzech Rep.Arcademic Skill 41 Animated multi-player math games forBuilders, USA primary and lower secondaryDNA Learning Center, 84 Animations on various aspects of geneticsUSA and history of genetics (in 5 languages)Freesound, Multi- 115, Sound samples with open licenses – music,national 879 animals, city sounds free to remix and shareGeoGebra, Austria 256 Algebra/Geometry applets created by teachers. Swedish, Finnish, English, etc. Many more available.
New Collection # Type of ResourcesKhan Academy, USA 1921 Popular video tutorials on math and other subjects with practice setsLearn English Kids, British 463 Animations, worksheets, songs,Council, UK for younger children learning English – instructions in 4 languagesNeoK12, USA 18 Videos, worksheets and games reviewed by teachers and organized by teaching subject – more on the way.NLVM, USA 382 interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction. Available in 4 languagesNobel Prize Games, Sweden 30 Interactive games on topics awarded Nobel Prizes
New Collection # Type of ResourcesPhET, USA 100 Physics simulations in more than 20 languagesPhysics Animations 55 Animations in 4 languages demonstrating concepts in physics.Physics and Chemistry 288 Videos demonstrating physics and chemistryVideos, U. of Nottingham, topics. Some are available with PortugueseUK) subtitles.School History, UK 105 Teacher created animated assessments on various aspects of history taught in school. Software to make the quiz yourself also freely available.Wolfram, Multi-national 2972 Open-code user submitted resources using dynamic computation to illuminate complex concepts in science, technology, mathematics, art, finance, etc.
Criteria and examples of resources that Travel Well1. Trans-national topicsThe resource addresses curriculum topics that could be considered trans-national. For example, teaching geometric shapes or the parts of the cell are usually covered in every national curriculum, but teaching the folklore of a very specific region is not. It can also be a resource well suited for use in multi-disciplinary or cross- curricular contexts.Example from evaluation task (multiple votes): http://lreforschools.eun.org/web/guest/resource- details?resourceId=1442722. Knowledge of a specific language is not needed (language independence)The resource is not text heavy and does not require translation to be understood and/or the resource may be available in various language versions. For example, this might be a video where the narrative can be turned off, or it employs icons, images, animations, maps, etc. making its contents understandable for everyone.Example from evaluation task (multiple votes): http://lreforschools.eun.org/web/guest/resource-details?resourceId=226192
Criteria and examples of resources that Travel Well3. Stored as a file type that is usable with generally available softwareThe resource can be used in any environment (online and off-line) and runs on multiple platforms (also hand-held, IWB).Example from evaluation task (multiple votes): http://lreforschools.eun.org/web/guest/resource- details?resourceId=2268214. Methodological support for teachers is not neededSubject teachers can easily recognize how this resource meets their curriculum requirements or how this resource could be used in a teaching scenario without further instructions.Example from evaluation task (multiple votes): http://lreforschools.eun.org/web/guest/resource- details?resourceId=20808
Criteria for Digital Learning Object Quality5. Intuitive and easy to useThe resource is intuitive to use in the sense that it has a user-friendly interface and is easy to navigate for both teachers and students without having to read or translate complex operating instructions.Example: http://lreforschools.eun.org/web/guest/resource- details?resourceId=2267996. Interactivity with no possibility of feedbackInteractive, sometimes customisable, learning activities that do not provide evaluative feedback in response to user actions. This kind of resource invites or requires a significant degree of user input or engagement, other than just reading something on a page and responding to it. An example would be a geometric 3D shape that can be moved and turned.Example: http://lreforschools.eun.org/web/guest/resource- details?resourceId=227355
Criteria for Digital Learning Object Quality7. Interactivity with possibility of immediate feedbackInteractive, sometimes customisable, learning activities, that provide evaluative feedback. Forms of feedback can be simple or complex. Simple forms can be feedback on correct or incorrect answers in a drill/practice scenario. Complex forms can be lab activities that produce different results depending on user actions or hints to help learners complete tasks successfully.Example: http://lreforschools.eun.org/web/guest/resource-details?resourceId=2230758. Clear license statusThe user can easily find information about the rights to use this resource. The license information is understandable for a typical user.Example: http://lreforschools.eun.org/web/guest/resource-details?resourceId=20072Most problematic criteria. Most teachers were unable to apply this criteria in a consistent way.