Green Education Using Open Educational Resources (OER) (SPDECE 2012)


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Green Education Using Open Educational Resources (OER) (SPDECE 2012)

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Open Access RepositorySoftware OER combined with open access repository software…
  5. 5. 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!
  6. 6. OER Provides access to a number of OER on agriculture Provides a number of search options and filtering of the results Green OER Commons ( hosts resources specifically on green topics
  7. 7. Organic.Edunet Web 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!
  8. 8. MERLOT 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
  9. 9. OER Africa – Agriculture 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
  10. 10. FAO Organic Agriculture portal 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
  11. 11. Edutopia: GoGreen database launched by George Lucas Educational Foundation Includes lesson plans, projects, web sites Easily retrievable content through search options
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Workflow
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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!
  17. 17. 3. Publication1. Organic.Edunet Web portal: features almost 11,000 resources!
  18. 18. 3. Publication2. Green OER-Commons features more than 2,000 resources!
  19. 19. 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!
  20. 20. Thank you for your attention!