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OER workshop for academics and students at Kabul University, Feb 2011, hosted by British Council in Kabul.

OER workshop for academics and students at Kabul University, Feb 2011, hosted by British Council in Kabul.

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  • 1. Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OERs)
    Gabi Witthaus (Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester)
    With
    Dr Dave Humphreys (Open University)
    European Foundation for Quality
    in e-Learning UNIQUe Award
    Learning Technologist of
    the Year 2009: Team Award
    Beyond Distance
    RESEARCH ALLIANCE
  • 2. Where I am coming from…
    2
    www.le.ac.uk/beyonddistance
    Beyond Distance
    Research Alliance
  • 3. Programme
    Reflecting on your teaching materials
    What are OERs? Where do we find them?
    Tea
    Large foundations (e.g. Hewlett Foundation)
    Government-funded: many UK OER projects funded by JISC and Higher Education Academy
    3
  • 4. Where do you get your teaching/learningmaterials from?
    STUDENTS
    My teacher writes them
    I buy a text book
    I find materials myself on the Internet
    Other
    TEACHERS
    I write them myself
    My students buy a text book
    I find materials on the Internet for my students
    Other
    4
  • 5. 0= Not at all
    1= A little
    2= Enough
    3= Very well
    Answer on a scale of 0-3
    How well do your existing materials cover the syllabus?
    How suitable are your materials for you/yourstudents?
    Do your materials encourage you/ your students to think critically?
    Do your materials help you/ your students to develop good study skills?
    5
  • 6. What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?
    Digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research.’ (OECD)
    6
  • 7. Openness
  • 8. Where can I get OERs?
    • University of Leicester (UK): www.le.ac.uk/oer
    • 9. Open University (UK): http://openlearn.open.ac.uk
    • 10. MIT (USA): http://ocw.mit.edu
    • 11. JorumOpen (UK universities): http://open.jorum.ac.uk
    • 12. MERLOT (mainly USA institutions): www.merlot.org
    • 13. OER Commons (global): www.oercommons.org
    • 14. iTunes U (global multimedia repository): www.apple.com/education/itunes-u
    • 15. University of Cape Town (for Geology OER sites) http://libguides.lib.uct.ac.za/content.php?pid=64392&sid=546452
    8
    … and many others…
  • 16. University of Leicester Repository
    9
    www.le.ac.uk/oer
  • 17. Open University Repository
    10
    http://openlearn.open.ac.uk
  • 18. MIT Repository (USA)
    11
    http://ocw.mit.edu
  • 19. JorumOpen: for all UK OERs
    12
    http://open.jorum.ac.uk
  • 20. OER Commons: for OERs from global sources
    13
    www.oercommons.org
  • 21. iTunes U for multimedia OERs from global sources
    14
    www.apple.com/education/itunes-u
  • 22. Where did the money come from for these repositories?
    Some institutions pay for OERs themselves – good marketing
    Large foundations (e.g. Hewlett Foundation)
    Government-funded: many UK OER projects funded by JISC and Higher Education Academy
    15
  • 23. 16
    www.le.ac.uk/otter
    www.le.ac.uk/ostrich
  • 24. Questions?
    17
    Photo by Corrie on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33370236@N06/3845669785/
  • 25. How can I be sure about the quality of OERs?
    Think about:
    • Institutional reputation and expertise in a given discipline or subject
    • 26. Author’s profile and expertise in a given subject area
    • 27. Also see if there are any ratings available on the OER site
    • 28. Check date of publication – not too long ago
    18
  • 29. Reuse/ Repurposing
  • 30. What am I allowed to do with OERs?
    20
    www.creativecommons.org
  • 31. OER Search: Some tips
    Try different OER repositories & aggregators.
    Identify your search terms.
    Note that some smaller repositories do not have search box – you can only browse.
    Try out ‘advanced search’ where offered. You may be able to search using “…”
    Modify your search terms if necessary.
    Scan the list of results from your search before opening items.
    21
  • 32. Browsing potentially useful OERs: Some tips
    Check OER format – is it text (MS Word, RTF, PDF), audio (MP3, WAV), video (MP4) or flash animation? Make sure it’s what you want.
    See if you have the option to ‘view OER’ before downloading. This can save time.
    To see the whole OER, see if there is a ‘print version’.
    Check the OER licence. What are you allowed to do with this OER?
    22
  • 33. OER Search Workshop
    23
    Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/94483995@N00/3759591702/
  • 34. OER Review: Some tips
    How well does the resource align with the content, skills and outcomes of your course?
    What changes do you need to make to the OER (e.g. Translation? Simplifying? Removing sections? Adding your own sections?)
    Do you have the time and the resources to make those changes?
    How can you collaborate with colleagues on OERs?
    24
  • 35. 0= No.
    1= Maybe.
    2= Yes.
    3= Yes, definitely!
    Answer on a scale of 0-3
    Did you find any OERs that you can use in your teaching/ learning?
    Will you spend further time searching for OERs?
    Would you like to make OERs yourself?
    Do you think students could benefit from OERs without the help of their teachers?
    Will you change anything in your teaching/ learningas a result of this workshop?
    25
  • 36. What kinds of problems do you think OERs might create for you?
    26
    Photo by SebastianoPitruzzello on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25196025@N00/494169708
  • 37. What kinds of problems do you think OERs might solve for you?
    27
    Photo by loungerie on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97041449@N00/3415698043/
  • 38. 28
  • 39. Evaluation
    Today I learned…
    Today I liked…
    Today’s session could have been improved by…
    Other comments:
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  • 40. Contact
    Gabi Witthaus
    Beyond Distance Research Alliance
    www.le.ac.uk/beyonddistance
    E-mail: Gabi.Witthaus@le.ac.uk
    Tel: +44-116-252-5745
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  • 41. Follow the Sun: Online Learning Futures Festival
    13–15 April 2011
    Three countries, three time zones: this non-stop, global, online conference will begin in Leicester(UK) on Wed 13 April, continue in Seattle (USA), and conclude in Toowoomba (Australia) 48 hours later.
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    www.tinyurl.com/followthesun