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The OER Story


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A brief synopsis of the benefits and challenges of adopting OER in education.

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The OER Story

  1. 1. OER – The Future Picture of Online Education? Tom Pickering AA Professor, Pierce College
  2. 2. “It is faith that moves mountains, not facts. Facts do not give birth to faith. Faith needs a story to sustain it – a meaningful story that inspires belief in you and renews hope that your ideas do indeed offer what you promise. Genuine influence goes deeper than getting people to do what you want them to do. It means people pick up where you left off because they believe.” - Annette Simmons, author of Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins
  3. 3. Benefits and Challenges of OER …Open Educational Resources OER is a new story in education…a work in progress… with plots for students and teachers alike to weave. It is a powerful idea…perhaps one whose time has come The potential influence is explosive Nurturing a belief in the cause is yet to be realized…but emerging
  4. 4. Two Chapters in the Story • Benefits Instructors: • Adds incredible resources and digital authority to courses • Enables tremendous diversity of choice and access to quality materials • Increases the creativity capacity and versatility to engage students Students: • Potential for significant cost savings • Opens opportunities to creative problem- solving • Better preparation for the realities of the work place • Challenges Instructors: • Tremendous investment in preparation time • Staying current in both content and online resources • Choosing among so many credible and quality sources to match outcomes and objectives Students: • Some remain “techknowledgy’ challenged • Some prefer the printed text at all costs • Variables of access to technology
  5. 5. The Unfinished Story This dynamic story will take many years to unfold during which it will have a cast of thousands to provide the wisdom and learned experiences for the benefit and challenge to future instructors and students…as they confront changes in how we best learn and prepare.