Open Education Week 2013: OER Commons Green

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Open Education Week 2013: OER Commons Green

  1. 1. OER Commons Green A Unique Lens on Open Environmental Education Madalina Ungur Agro-Know Technologies mada@agroknow.gr
  2. 2. “meaningful services around high-quality agricultural data pools” wiki.agroknow.gr
  3. 3. Supporting environmental sustainability, sustainable living and sustainable agricultural practices (school, adult/vocational and academic)
  4. 4. o lesson plans o educational games o assessments o school exercises/drill and practice o recorded lectures and podcasts o lecture notes o ‘how to guides’ (downloadable texts, videos, animations, simulations, etc.) o online courses o academic papers (journal articles, bibliographies, thesis, dissertations that address sustainability, sustainable practices in natural resource management, agriculture, health, medicine, etc.)
  5. 5. - use of data pools - share metadata
  6. 6. The story of OER Commons Green
  7. 7. Goal: Support knowledge sharing and continuous improvement of environmental and sustainability educational resources
  8. 8. A joint initiative supported and enriched by GLN collections using ISKME experience and built on renowned OER Commons network
  9. 9. Part of the OER Commons network Visitors/month (avg.) In 2010 - 34,555 In 2011 - 35,737 In 2012 - 38,996 Top countries (visitors) United States 55.16% UnitedKingdom 5.23% Canada 4.79% India 4.49% Philippines 2.58%
  10. 10. Teacher training opportunities to create, share and collaborate using design thinking, online resources and collaborative tools Teachers have the opportunity to use, create and share own online resources
  11. 11. Challenges we answer - Reconnect learners to nature e.g. school/ urban garden - Find reliable sources to teach students about topics like climate change, pollution, sustainability etc. - Engage students in hands-on activities, encourage experimentation with innovative practices e.g. aquaponics, vertical gardens - Provide access to high quality, updated and low-cost (free?) teaching & learning materials - Support diverse communities of learners and teachers around the globe
  12. 12. An example: Sun Curve Challenge Design How can you grow food using sustainable processes, following the design principles: - meet a need for your school community - make use of affordable/recycled/repurposed materials - support plants and animal life (insects, fish) - use renewable energy (wind, solar)  An aquaponic garden and laboratory for teachers and students involving use and production of OER materials
  13. 13. An example: Sun Curve Challenge Design How can you grow food using sustainable processes, following the design principles: - meet a need for your school community - make use of affordable/recycled/repurposed materials - support plants and animal life (insects, fish) - use renewable energy (wind, solar) => An aquaponic garden and laboratory for teachers and students involving use and production of OER materials
  14. 14. An example: Sun Curve Challenge Design From Challenge  Brainstorm & research  Design a solutionHow Test  Evaluate sustainable  can you grow food using Build processes, following the design principles: prototype - meet a need for your school community - make use of affordable/recycled/repurposed materials - support plants and animal life (insects, fish) experience  Make (wind, solar) - use renewable energy use of Document resource available online as OER  Revise => An aquaponic garden and  Reuse  Comment/tag/give feedback laboratory for teachers and students involving use and production of OER materials
  15. 15. Access to teacher and learner high quality generated content Access to green OER from collections around the globe, such as PBS, MIT OpenCourseWare, Teacher’s Domain, NASA, Open University OpenLearn, Association for Biology Laboratory Education etc. K-12 to College
  16. 16. Openly licensed, free to use
  17. 17. Social features • Quick and easy annotation through bookmarking button for all browsers • User feedback through social bookmarking, tagging, rating and reviewing • Sharing of resources through social networks
  18. 18. Summing up… The OER Commons Green story illustrates of how using high quality data pools from global OER content providers we create targeted services to answer the educational and professional needs of different communities: learners, teachers, researchers, agricultural professionals and policy makers etc.
  19. 19. How to connect to GLN? Various ways available: 1. Harvesting of metadata 2. Ingestion of metadata 3. Creation of metadata
  20. 20. Curating policy & Quality Assurance Use of clear curation policy and quality assurance process: - Each resource must be accessible via a unique url - Providers who ensure stability for the urls they share - Clear license status – Providers should state clearly on their website what users are allowed to do with the resources (share, remix, etc.) - Resource not advertising commercial products - Resources that do not advocate participation in a specific religious institution as part of its educational content - Resources available in more than one language are particularly welcome although not required - Highly preferred for the metadata to be in English along with any other language of the resource itself
  21. 21. Thank you!

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