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Using Open Educational Resources 
in an Open Access World 
October 21, 2014 
What is OER? 
Textbooks & Libraries to Creati...
Note from mom 
“Tracy is normally much more creative. She 
learned how to share when her sister was borne. 
But, for the m...
What is Open Educational Resources? 
• Combine 
with other 
OER 
• Share with 
others 
• Adapt, 
modify, 
improve 
• Make ...
Why should I care about it? 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/craig_martell/2906140506 
Someone may have already...
Questions to Ask Yourself First 
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaf/2536358399
Curation: Finding & Evaluating 
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/denverjeffrey/2561885967 
Search 
Find 
Evaluat...
Search 
• Key words 
• What sort of resource 
• What’s going to be reliable 
Search 
Find 
Evaluate 
Photo Credit: http://...
Find 
Search 
• Don’t just share – add context 
• Provide relevance to your students 
• Make sure you evaluate it 
Find 
E...
Search Evaluate 
Find 
Evaluate 
Below Expectations Meets Expectations Exceed Expectations 
Learning Objectives The resour...
Red Flags 
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rvw/116017204 
What makes you the most nervous about OER?
Permissions? 
www.masternewmedia.org 
Graphic Credit: http://itg.emerson.edu/word/tag/fair-use/
Where do I start?
Characteristics of an OER 
Repository
Exploration OER 
• Find some video, presentation or graphic that will enhance a 
learning objective of yours. 
• Students ...
OER at NIU 
• Images, Media, Presentations, Primary Sources, etc 
• Blackboard Mashups – YouTube, Flickr, Slideshare 
• Co...
Tips for Introducing Active Learning 
Activities Using OER 
and Sharing Your Own Content
How are students 
already using OER? 
Photo credit: ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013,...
2013 Educause Study of 
Undergraduate Students 
Population 
description 
States 
represented 
Implementation 
sites 
Count...
71% of students 
have used OERs in past year 
For every 10 students… 
Source: ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Inf...
Student Quote 
“Sometimes taking notes 
and listening to a lecture 
[by] the same person can 
be like bashing yourself 
ov...
Study Recommendations 
“Students recommend that their instructors 
use freely available course content, we 
found that mos...
Students Seeking Out OER 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049783061
Khan Academy 
khanacademy.org
Stats Available on Progress
MIT Open Courseware 
ocw.mit.edu
MOOCs (example: EdX) 
edx.org
Open Textbooks 
collegeopentextbooks.org
Tips for Introducing Active 
Learning Activities in Your 
Course
Keep Your Course 
Objectives in Mind 
• What is it students should be able to do 
by the end of your course? 
• What perfo...
What’s Working? 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55955607@N02/8374316458 
Identify activities and resources you...
Keep Your Eyes Open 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049787629 
Look for activities or resources that m...
Be Explicit 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049800812 
Provide clear guidelines and expectations for s...
Show Relevance of Resources 
to Learning Outcomes 
Help students realize why resources and activities assigned 
aren’t “bu...
Keep Accessibility in Mind 
Whenever possible select resources and activities that all 
students can access 
Photo credit:...
Provide Options and 
Alternatives When Possible 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/10163884836 
If multipl...
Let Students Contribute 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 
Consider incorporating activities w...
Sharing Your Content 
with a Wider Community
How Widely You Want to Share? 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 
Choose the level of access yo...
Share within NIU 
The Blackboard Content Collection can be used to share 
resources with other NIU faculty
Blackboard xpLor 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 
Now Available -the ability to share easily...
Post Your Resources Online 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 
Upload your resource to a public...
External Repositories 
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 
Consider submitting a resource you’ve...
Q&A 
What additional questions do you have or comments would 
you like to share?
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  1. 1. Using Open Educational Resources in an Open Access World October 21, 2014 What is OER? Textbooks & Libraries to Creative Commons & Repositories
  2. 2. Note from mom “Tracy is normally much more creative. She learned how to share when her sister was borne. But, for the most part she liked to do her own thing. Definitely more of a original fort builder than a Barbie Townhouse kind of gal. Today I’ve given her the okay to be “less” original.” Tracy’s mom
  3. 3. What is Open Educational Resources? • Combine with other OER • Share with others • Adapt, modify, improve • Make a copy and use it Reuse Revise Redistribute Remix Open Educational Resources are educational materials that provide users with the “4R permissions.” “What are Open Educational Resources” http://www.lumenlearning.com/oer
  4. 4. Why should I care about it? Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/craig_martell/2906140506 Someone may have already created just what you are looking for!
  5. 5. Questions to Ask Yourself First Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaf/2536358399
  6. 6. Curation: Finding & Evaluating Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/denverjeffrey/2561885967 Search Find Evaluate Repurpose
  7. 7. Search • Key words • What sort of resource • What’s going to be reliable Search Find Evaluate Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaffne/7000395130
  8. 8. Find Search • Don’t just share – add context • Provide relevance to your students • Make sure you evaluate it Find Evaluate Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rg69olds/9433289760
  9. 9. Search Evaluate Find Evaluate Below Expectations Meets Expectations Exceed Expectations Learning Objectives The resources is not aligned or marginally aligned with the learning objectives or needs of the students The resource is aligned with the learning objectives or needs of the students The resource is ideally matched to the learning objectives or needs of the students Conditions of Use The copyright / fair use do not meet the requirements for my use of this resource The copyright / fair use does meet my requirements for my use of this resource. More open would be preferable The copyright / fair use is ideal for my requirements for my use of this resource Accessible The resource is not accessible for my students with or without modifications. The resource is accessible for my students, with modification with tools I have available The resource is accessible as it and will not require any additional modification Rated or Endorsed Rating or endorsements are missing or negative Rating or endorsement are present and positive Rating or endorsements are positive from reliable sources Easy as 1, 2, 3. . . 4?
  10. 10. Red Flags Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rvw/116017204 What makes you the most nervous about OER?
  11. 11. Permissions? www.masternewmedia.org Graphic Credit: http://itg.emerson.edu/word/tag/fair-use/
  12. 12. Where do I start?
  13. 13. Characteristics of an OER Repository
  14. 14. Exploration OER • Find some video, presentation or graphic that will enhance a learning objective of yours. • Students will learn how salt effects the freezing point of water • Students will learn some of the classic causes and effects of hypothermia • Students will be able to explain the difference between Active and Passive Voice • Use the How to Evaluate a Good Open Educational Resource rubric to select the best ones!
  15. 15. OER at NIU • Images, Media, Presentations, Primary Sources, etc • Blackboard Mashups – YouTube, Flickr, Slideshare • Content Collection
  16. 16. Tips for Introducing Active Learning Activities Using OER and Sharing Your Own Content
  17. 17. How are students already using OER? Photo credit: ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013, https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERS1302/ERS1302.pdf
  18. 18. 2013 Educause Study of Undergraduate Students Population description States represented Implementation sites Countries represented
  19. 19. 71% of students have used OERs in past year For every 10 students… Source: ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013, https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERS1302/ERS1302.pdf
  20. 20. Student Quote “Sometimes taking notes and listening to a lecture [by] the same person can be like bashing yourself over the head with a textbook if it doesn’t make sense. But it’s nice to listen to other styles of teaching like Khan Academy. It gives a valuable perspective.” Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/departmentofed/9610353582
  21. 21. Study Recommendations “Students recommend that their instructors use freely available course content, we found that most identified, at least vaguely, ways that they imagined bringing free course content into their studies: as learning aids, as supplemental information sources, and as providers of different perspectives on topics.” Source: ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2013, https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERS1302/ERS1302.pdf
  22. 22. Students Seeking Out OER Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049783061
  23. 23. Khan Academy khanacademy.org
  24. 24. Stats Available on Progress
  25. 25. MIT Open Courseware ocw.mit.edu
  26. 26. MOOCs (example: EdX) edx.org
  27. 27. Open Textbooks collegeopentextbooks.org
  28. 28. Tips for Introducing Active Learning Activities in Your Course
  29. 29. Keep Your Course Objectives in Mind • What is it students should be able to do by the end of your course? • What performance gaps or patterns do you recognize among your students? • What activities or resources will better help them develop necessary skills, knowledge, or attitudes?
  30. 30. What’s Working? Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55955607@N02/8374316458 Identify activities and resources you currently use to create key learning moments
  31. 31. Keep Your Eyes Open Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049787629 Look for activities or resources that might further enhance the learning experience
  32. 32. Be Explicit Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049800812 Provide clear guidelines and expectations for students on assigned resources and activities
  33. 33. Show Relevance of Resources to Learning Outcomes Help students realize why resources and activities assigned aren’t “busy work” Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/10164574656
  34. 34. Keep Accessibility in Mind Whenever possible select resources and activities that all students can access Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/departmentofed/9607439071
  35. 35. Provide Options and Alternatives When Possible Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/10163884836 If multiple resources or activities are available, let students choose from among several options
  36. 36. Let Students Contribute Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 Consider incorporating activities where student-generated content can be a resource for future classes
  37. 37. Sharing Your Content with a Wider Community
  38. 38. How Widely You Want to Share? Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 Choose the level of access you’d like to grant other users and how envision your resources will be shared
  39. 39. Share within NIU The Blackboard Content Collection can be used to share resources with other NIU faculty
  40. 40. Blackboard xpLor Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 Now Available -the ability to share easily with faculty from other institutions who also use Blackboard
  41. 41. Post Your Resources Online Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 Upload your resource to a publicly-available online site and apply the desired creative commons license
  42. 42. External Repositories Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackny/8049767663 Consider submitting a resource you’ve created with one of the many creative commons repositories
  43. 43. Q&A What additional questions do you have or comments would you like to share?

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