Using and creating open education resources (oers)


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This introduces faculty to finding, using, creating and sharing Open Education Resources (OERs). Developed for the NCSA 2014 Annual Meeting.

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Using and creating open education resources (oers)

  1. 1. Using and Creating Open Education Resources (OERs) Lynn H. Ritchey University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash
  2. 2. • Free Teaching and Learning Material o Full Courses o Textbooks o Learning Modules o Syllabi o Lectures o Homework Assignments o Games o Simulations • Created by individuals and organizations that use a Creative Commons (CC) copyright that indicates that you can: o Use o Reuse o Modified o Share What are Open Education Resources?
  3. 3. What are the Benefits of OERs? • Learners: o No costly textbooks o Flexibility o Expanded access to learning o Continually updated resources o Increased understanding of course material (68%) • Faculty: o Quality supplemental learning material already available o Increased visibility of your scholarly work o Create your own resources o Facilitate new ways of teaching and learning o Greater diversity in the learning environment o Multiple creators
  4. 4. What are the Disadvantages of OERs? • Uneven quality of OERs • Some do not have a user feedback mechanism • Quality decreases without regular updating • May need to be adapted to specific need • Accessibility for students with disabilities • Resistance to sharing intellectual property • Language/cultural barriers • Technological Issues
  5. 5. How Can You Use OERs? • Although many people think of OERs are for online and hybrid/blended courses. We are using OERs in our traditional face-to-face courses, too. o Supplement lecture with an OER o Locate classroom activities and demonstrations o Free e-texts or low-cost bound copies for students o PowerPoint presentations/Lectures o Documentaries o Graphics to enhance your own powerpoint/lectures o Homework assignments that are more interactive and engaging for students
  6. 6. How Can You Use OERs? • All online courses and hybrid courses are using educational resources: o Publisher created content (high cost, created by a limited number of people) o Open Resources (low/no cost, created by many individuals/organizations, modifiable) • We can find resources to: o Create learning modules/playlist o E-texts o Engage our learners o Quizzes o Assignments/Projects
  7. 7. Finding Quality OERs • Guides: information on finding, creating, and sharing OERs. o OER Commons o Community College Consortium for Open Education Resources o OpenStax (Rice University) o MIT Open Courseware • Repositories: A collection of learning objects o Merlot o Project Gutenberg • Referatory: Provides links to a variety of resources o Creative Commons o College Open Text Books • Search Engines
  8. 8. Creating OERs • After reviewing several OER creating sites. I have decided to contribute my modules to Rice University’s OpenStax and Merlot. • Remember, you do not have to write a text, you can contribute smaller modules or even a resources from other sites that might be of interest to others.
  9. 9. Let’s Create! • Title: What topic? o Specific o General • Identify relevant concepts needed to successfully use OER. • What is our learning outcome? What do we want students to know after completing our OER? • List the tasks to use the OER effectively, including links to appropriate OERs. • A conclusion that helps students reflect on the OER • Assessment/Rubric
  10. 10. Creative Commons • As you are creating your OERs, be certain you are aware of how you should cite the work you use, create, and modify. • Usually, you will want to cite: o The creator o The URL o CC Licensing Type • Share away!