The OER in COERLL: Defining Open Education
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Presentation by Carl Blyth at "The Power of Openness: Improving Foreign Language Learning Through Open Education", held at the University of Texas at Austin and online on August 9-10, 2012.

Presentation by Carl Blyth at "The Power of Openness: Improving Foreign Language Learning Through Open Education", held at the University of Texas at Austin and online on August 9-10, 2012.

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  • Greek originsEmphasis on discussion among a group of speakers (audience participation)Q&A after all talks, informal Panel Discussions, and Break Virtual participation—Adobe Connect, chatroom, we will take questions from the online group too! Thks to Heera!Convivial gathering…eating required
  • I want to start by introducing COERLL, giving you a little background on our center.Then, I will discuss the “OER” in COERLL – what open educational resources means to us and how we are opening up our language learning tools and materials.I will give you a peek at some of the projects we have been working on.And finally, I want to wrap up by sharing some lessons learned in our journey to becoming more open.
  • I want to start by introducing COERLL, giving you a little background on our center.Then, I will discuss the “OER” in COERLL – what open educational resources means to us and how we are opening up our language learning tools and materials.I will give you a peek at some of the projects we have been working on.And finally, I want to wrap up by sharing some lessons learned in our journey to becoming more open.
  • I want to start by introducing COERLL, giving you a little background on our center.Then, I will discuss the “OER” in COERLL – what open educational resources means to us and how we are opening up our language learning tools and materials.I will give you a peek at some of the projects we have been working on.And finally, I want to wrap up by sharing some lessons learned in our journey to becoming more open.
  • I want to start by introducing COERLL, giving you a little background on our center.Then, I will discuss the “OER” in COERLL – what open educational resources means to us and how we are opening up our language learning tools and materials.I will give you a peek at some of the projects we have been working on.And finally, I want to wrap up by sharing some lessons learned in our journey to becoming more open.
  • I want to start by introducing COERLL, giving you a little background on our center.Then, I will discuss the “OER” in COERLL – what open educational resources means to us and how we are opening up our language learning tools and materials.I will give you a peek at some of the projects we have been working on.And finally, I want to wrap up by sharing some lessons learned in our journey to becoming more open.
  • Difference between the meanings of "free", yes it is free as in no cost, but it is also free as in giving you the freedom of sharing ownership of the material.Determine how to move from open access websites to true OERRetrofit existing materials if possibleImplement new tools, processes, and strategies to develop new OERGrow communities around our OER
  • We have been producing materials for awhile, and they have always been open access, but with a little copyright symbol at the bottom. The "all rights reserved" model does not allow any copying or redistribution of materials. Luckily, we have the "some rights reserved" model. We say "as long as you give us attribution, we give you explicit permission to copy and adapt materials to meet the local needs of your classroom or create new materials".
  • We have been producing materials for awhile, and they have always been open access, but with a little copyright symbol at the bottom. The "all rights reserved" model does not allow any copying or redistribution of materials. Luckily, we have the "some rights reserved" model. We say "as long as you give us attribution, we give you explicit permission to copy and adapt materials to meet the local needs of your classroom or create new materials".
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  • Sharing is everywhere today. All of the social media sites are begging people to share. YouTube and TedEd enabling platforms for remixing.
  • Another big part of COERLL's mission is to develop a culture of collaboration among different communities of practice: Teachers, Learners, Instructional Technologists, Software Developers, etc. Shared interest in the materials, self-correcting to ensure quality of materials, and constant improvement
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  • Student-generated contentCreateSpace & QoopCreated in MS Word, All PDFs
  • Spanish in TexasDevelopment of materials using video samples from the CorpusEditing pedagogically-useful clips and sharing on YouTubeExperimenting with TedEdLaunching Facebook community, etc.
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The OER in COERLL: Defining Open Education The OER in COERLL: Defining Open Education Presentation Transcript

  • Session 1: Defining Open Education Carl Blyth Director, COERLL August 9, 2012
  • Symposium (n.)1. A meeting for the discussion of a single topic, usually including many speakers and an audience (virtual and F2F).2. (in Ancient Greece) A convivial gathering that included eating, drinking and intellectual conversation.
  • Agenda1. Introduction to COERLL2. Presentation: “The Impact of Open Education on Foreign Language Learning”3. Activity: “Envisioning Open Education”4. Lunch (in the Atrium)
  • Coral Coral by flightsaber http://www.flickr.com/photos/flightsaber/2204190345CC BY-NC 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/
  • Curlhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/19melissa68/4479055267/
  • CorelleCorelle_Snowflake Garland Cream &; Sugar with Salt & Paper (1974) by catface3 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfholloway/1456419986/in/photostream CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/
  • Corral Working on the cattle in the corrals.jpg by Alister.flinthttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Working_on_the_cattle_in_the_corrals.jpg CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)
  • OER in COERLL
  • About COERLLNewest of the 15 National ForeignLanguage Resource Centers (2010 –2014), grant from US Department ofEducationLocated at The University of Texas atAustinFormerly the Texas Language TechnologyCenter (TLTC)Focused on Open Educational Resources(OER) for Language Learning
  • MissionLRC Mission: to improve the teaching andlearning of foreign languages by producingresources (materials and best practices) that canbe profitably employed in K-12 and highereducation settings.COERLLs Mission: to produce and disseminateOpen Educational Resources (OERs) (e.g., onlinelanguage courses, reference grammars,assessment tools, corpora, etc.).
  • Agenda1. Introduction to COERLL2. Presentation: “The Impact of Open Education on Foreign Language Learning”3. Activity: “Envisioning Open Education”4. Lunch (in the Atrium)
  • What we mean by Open EducationUS Dept. of Education, Creative Commons& The Open Society Foundations sponsored“Why Open Education Matters VideoCompetition”http://whyopenedmatters.org/videos/…first place winner from Blinktower CreativeAgency, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Defining Open Education“A collective term that refers to forms ofeducation in which knowledge, ideas orimportant aspects of teaching methodologyor infrastructure are shared freely over theInternet.” (Wikipedia)
  • Open Education Movement“The open education (OE) movement is basedon a set of intuitions shared by a remarkablywide range of academics: that knowledge shouldbe free and open to use and re-use; thatcollaboration should be easier, not harder; thatpeople should receive credit and kudos forcontributing to education and research; and thatconcepts and ideas are linked in unusual andsurprising ways and not the simple linear formsthat today’s textbook present.”(Baraniuk 2007: 229)
  • What we mean by OERThe term OER refers to anyeducational material offeredfreely for anyone to use,typically involving somepermission to re-mix,improve, and redistribute.
  • What we mean by OPEN1. Free Access (online, no passwords, no fees)2. Enable the “4 R’s” Reuse - copy verbatim Redistribute - share with others Revise - adapt and edit Remix - combine with others
  • “Gratis” vs. “Libre”Photo source: free (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonx/2698947622/) / tonx(http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonx/) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/)
  • Degrees of Open: MaterialsCLOSED OPENTraditional OERsMaterial Reuse / Redistribute /All rights reserved Revise / Remix
  • Degrees of Open: Classrooms CLOSED OPENTraditional Online• Physical classroom • Virtual classroom• Enrolled student • Formal (enrolled) student • Informal learner
  • Degrees of Open: Research CLOSED OPENTraditional research Open research• Methods/data known to few • Known to group• Traditional print journals • Online journals• Foreign Language Annals • LL&T• Subscribed readers • Internet public
  • Big vs. Little OERBig OER Little OERTypically generated by institutions. Typically generated and shared by individuals.Advantages = high reputation, good Advantages = cheap, web-native, easilyteaching quality, little reversioning remixed and reused.required, easily located.Disadvantages = expensive, often not web Disadvantages = lower production quality,native, reuse limited reputation can be more difficult to ascertain, more difficult to locateExamples: MIT Courseware, UK’s Examples: Blog posts, podcasts, etc.OpenLearnSource: Martin Weller http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2009/12/the-politics-of-oer.html
  • OER EnablersOpen Licenses Open StandardsPermission to How to designshare OERs OERs for sharingTechnology Communities ofTools for practicecreating & Sharing ideas &sharing OER OERs w/ others
  • Open Licenses Creative Commons“some rights reserved” Attribution (Derivatives) (Commercial) (Share Alike) Mosaic Cow in St. Joseph, Michigan : taken from - http://www.flickr.com/photos/vxla/6183285404/in/photostream/Author: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en
  • Degrees of Open: LicensesCLOSED OPEN Mosaic Cow in St. Joseph, Michigan : taken from - http://www.flickr.com/photos/vxla/6183285404/in/photostream/Author: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en
  • StandardsNational Standards LARC Standards-Based LessonState Standards Plan Generator (California) https://lpg.sdsu.edu
  • TechnologySocial sharing sitesReuse :: RedistributeRevise :: Remix
  • COERLL’s Technology Strategies Modular content Embeddable Media (YouTube) Editable formats (Google Docs) Multiple formats (print-on- demand and mobile)
  • Communities Collaboration among communities of: Educators Learners Administrators Developers .edu + .org + .com
  • Hybrid Spanish (U of Utah) Fernando Rubio
  • Open Learning Initiative (CMU) Chris Jones
  • Acceso (U of Kansas)Amy Rossomondo & Jonathan Perkins
  • Français interactif (UT-Austin)Georges Détiveaux & Amanda Dalola
  • Open LCTL TextbooksYoruba Yemihttp://coerll.utexas.edu/yemi
  • Open Spanish Corpus & Materials Spanish in Texas Website http://sites.la.utexas.edu/spanishtx
  • Projects: Open Source ToolseComma collaborative annotation tool http://coerll.utexas.edu/ecomma
  • Other COERLL projects: OERs for LCTLsGateway to Chinesehttp://www.laits.utexas.edu/ppp Suite of tools for students to practice with online interactive exercises. Portal site will launch in July, 2012.Conversa Brasilierahttp://www.coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/cob Set of 35 high-quality conversation videos with annotations and commentaryAswaat Arabiyyahttp://www.laits.utexas.edu/aswaat Authentic Arabic videos for listening practice. New exercise sets for 20 videos will be released this summer.
  • Benefits to LearnersLowering costs.Materials can be adapted to meet local andpersonal needs.Community involvement = quality control anda better overall product, “inreach”Learners can be part of the creation processand feel a sense of ownership
  • Benefits to EducatorsGreater impact; reach more learners and gainrecognitionMore control over materialsProgram fees from print-on-demand help withsustainability for updating materialsHigh quality materials for less commonlytaught languagesBecome a member of a community of practice
  • Challenges of OERWork involved in selecting and assemblingall the pieces needed for a completelanguage program.Educators need training and support.Skepticism about quality controlLack of awareness about OERSustainability
  • Visualizing Cognitive Surplus
  • Slides and LinksCheck website for details:http://sites.la.utexas.edu/power-of-openness
  • Q&A PeriodWhat questions do you (still) have about OpenEducation and Language Learning?
  • Agenda1. Introduction to COERLL2. Presentation: “The Impact of Open Education on Foreign Language Learning”3. Activity: “Envisioning Open Education”4. Lunch (in the Atrium)
  • “Envisioning Open Education”1. React to what you just heard about Open Education. What are your reactions to this presentation? [10 min discussion]2. Imagine your ideal OER. What do you want future pedagogical materials to look like? [10 min]3. Brainstorm solutions to one or two of the challenges to Open Education. What can we do to overcome the obstacles? [10 min]
  • Lunch Period!School lunches from around the world