Oer and stem short term fellows residential course april 2011 steve swithenby

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Presentation given by Steve Swithenby at the SCORE Short-term Fellowship Week April 2011

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Oer and stem short term fellows residential course april 2011 steve swithenby

  1. 1. OERs in STEM subjects Stephen Swithenby April 12 2011
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>OER challenges in STEM </li></ul><ul><li>OER opportunities in STEM </li></ul><ul><li>Your challenges and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s the problem?
  4. 4. What’s the problem?
  5. 5. E-learning issues in STEM <ul><li>Mathematical notation </li></ul><ul><li>Complex diagrams </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability - Online ‘conversations’ </li></ul><ul><li>Laboratory practice </li></ul><ul><li>Field practice </li></ul><ul><li>Studio practice </li></ul><ul><li>Professional body prescriptiveness (e.g. curriculum, ftf) </li></ul><ul><li>Are these Open Educational Resource issues? </li></ul>
  6. 6. E-learning of maths /diagrams <ul><li>Chalk and pencil – culture/belief </li></ul><ul><li>Equation editor </li></ul><ul><li>Mathtype </li></ul><ul><li>Latex (or in embedded html form) </li></ul><ul><li><a href=&quot;http://www.codecogs.com/eqnedit.php?latex=oint vec{F} cdot dvec{s}=0&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;><img src=&quot;http://latex.codecogs.com/gif.latex?oint vec{F} cdot dvec{s}=0&quot; title=&quot;oint vec{F} cdot dvec{s}=0&quot; /></a> </li></ul>
  7. 9. E-learning of maths/diagrams <ul><li>Intrinsic part of the language of STEM </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporation of maths and diagrams in e-assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Open Mark </li></ul>
  8. 10. Maths/diagrams and OERS <ul><li>Transmission of prepared resources possible </li></ul><ul><li>Mathcentre </li></ul><ul><li>However, </li></ul><ul><li>Significant cost of production. </li></ul><ul><li>Authorial competence </li></ul><ul><li>Issues of interoperability – VLEs, assessment platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul>
  9. 11. E-learning and STEM practice <ul><li>Labs, field work, studio are major requirements in STEM qualifications – upward of 20%-40% </li></ul><ul><li>Very expensive to develop and maintain. </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity – the mystique of the White Coat </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Body requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Lab based capacity constraints in LDCs. </li></ul><ul><li>What is a STEM practice OER </li></ul>
  10. 12. OERs for STEM practice <ul><li>Standard kits and experiments (sensor kits/pre-packaged expts. </li></ul><ul><li>Simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive experiments </li></ul><ul><li>Remotely controllable laboratories </li></ul><ul><li>Design community </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>
  11. 14. OERs for STEM practice <ul><li>Standard kits and experiments (sensor kits/pre-packaged expts. </li></ul><ul><li>Simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive experiments </li></ul><ul><li>Remotely controllable laboratories </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual field trips </li></ul><ul><li>Design community </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>
  12. 15. Opportunities in STEM <ul><li>Demand for difficult-to-prepare resources </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle as a shared open source platform </li></ul><ul><li>Web services (assessment, labs etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive OERS in STEM </li></ul>
  13. 16. Workshop questions <ul><li>Are there any specific features of L&T in your discipline that are difficult for the individual teacher to handle? </li></ul><ul><li>Could OERs help to overcome the difficulties? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the related challenges and opportunities for OERs? </li></ul>

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