Presentation titled "Green Education Using Open Educational Resources (OER): Setting up a Green OER Repository". SPDECE 2012 Symposium, Alicante, Spain, 14/6/2012 (http://transducens.dlsi.ua.es/congress/spdece2012)
Green Education Using Open Educational Resources (OER) (SPDECE 2012)
SPDECE-2012. Multidisciplinary symposium on the design and evaluation of digital content for education Green Education Using Open Educational Resources (OER): Setting up a Green OER Repository V. Protonotarios, M. Ungur, H. Ebner, N. Manouselis Alicante, Spain, 14/6/2012
About Open Educational ResourcesWhat are the OER?OER = Open Educational ResourcesEducational materials that are freely available and licensed in a way that gives users the legal permission to reuse – use the work “as-is” without having to ask permission revise - alter or transform the work to meet the user’s needs remix – combine the work with other works for an enhanced effect redistribute – share the work or derivative work with others.
Why use OER? Shared content becomes a vehicle for collaboration and connection Shared materials are continually improved upon through revisions Materials can be adapted and localized to fit the specific audience needs Saves time, cuts costs, and reduces duplication of effort
Open Access RepositorySoftware OER combined with open access repository software…
How to find OER?OER is supported by an ever-growing active movement ◦ Usually available through specialized learning portalsWe need to focus on OER in the area of agriculture / green topics!
OER Commonswww.oercommons.org Provides access to a number of OER on agriculture Provides a number of search options and filtering of the results Green OER Commons (www.oercommons.org/green) hosts resources specifically on green topics
Organic.Edunet Web portalwww.organic-edunet.eu Provides access to almost 11,000 resources on Organic Agriculture & Agroecology Features four different search mechanisms and filtering of the results Not all resources are OER, so one should be careful!
MERLOT www.merlot.org Provides access to a number of resources on agriculture and green topics Features classification of resources by type as well Users may comment and review resources
OER Africa – Agriculture OERwww.oerafrica.org/agricultureoer Provides access to a number of resources on agricultural topics The number of resources is constantly growing Resources are mostly relevant to African agricultural sector
FAO Organic Agriculture portalhttp://www.fao.org/organicag/en Provides access to publications, reports, projects, glossary etc. on organic agriculture topics The number of resources is relatively high and growing Resources are classified according to their top-level topic and are easy to find Suitable for vocational training
Edutopia: GoGreen databasehttp://www.edutopia.org/go-green launched by George Lucas Educational Foundation Includes lesson plans, projects, web sites Easily retrievable content through search options
The issues facedIn most cases: Limited use of metadata = issues in retrieving the resources ◦ Time consuming task Lack of collection policy ◦ Providing info on the attributes of the collection / resources Lack of quality assurance / criteria ◦ Ensuring the quality of the provided
Our proposal: Green OERcollection a collection of OER focusing on green topics ◦ a collection of metadata records which describe quality educational material on green topics covers green topics, such as sustainability, agriculture, environment, ecology, energy, biodiversity etc. Describes items like complete lessons or lesson plans, guides and handbooks, journal articles and information sheets
1. Content retrieval Content experts browsing the web for appropriate content Communication with content providers in special cases Quality Assurance: Content has to meet the Organic.Edunet Core Criteria
2. Annotation Content/Metadata experts using Confolio tool Annotation with Organic.Edunet IEEE LOM AP, using all available info Support for multilingual versions of metadata!
3. Publication1. Organic.Edunet Web portal: http://www.organic-edunet.euCurrently features almost 11,000 resources!
3. Publication2. Green OER-Commons micro-site:www.oercommons.org/greenCurrently features more than 2,000 resources!
To sum up There is an obvious need for quality OER in green topics Metadata descriptions are usually incomplete, making retrieval of resources a hard task Quality assurance is not apparent We are working towards addressing these two issues with the Green OER collection!