The use of open educational resources

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The use of open educational resources

  1. 1. The Use of Open Educational Resources<br />Professor Frank Rennie<br />Lews Castle College UHI<br />
  2. 2. The essence of OER<br />1) Open access<br />2) Freely available<br />3) Shareable<br />4) Relatively discrete ‘chunks’<br />5)Saves needing to ‘re-invent the wheel’<br />6) Needs to be contextualised<br />7) You can add to the OER pool.<br />
  3. 3. Examples of OER<br />
  4. 4. Learning Communities<br />
  5. 5. OER Template<br />OER<br />OER<br />OER<br />OER<br />OER<br />OER<br />Learning Resources<br />Certification<br />Assessment<br />Tutorials<br />Peer-to-peer<br />Award<br />email<br />Dboard<br />TMA<br />LMS<br />Exam<br />skype<br />
  6. 6. Using OER in Course Design<br />1. Identify the main generic headings for course content (key topics for discussion and learning)<br />2. Search for relevant resources that can be re-used for these headings<br />5. Select the format for sharing (wiki etc)<br />Creative Commons Licence<br />4. Add your new materials to the common pool (if required)<br />3. Write ‘wrap-around’ materials that contextualise and support the learning resources<br />
  7. 7. How OER are used<br />Open<br />Ad hoc (on the fly)<br />Bottom-up<br />Low cost (or free)<br />Not always peer reviewed<br />Free to all users<br />Weak marketing brand<br />Inexpensive to maintain<br />Reliant upon individuals<br />May need contextualisation<br />Wide variation in level<br />Membership<br />More structured<br />Tend to be top-down<br />Can be expensive<br />Usually peer reviewed<br />Free to membership<br />Strong marketing brand<br />Expensive to maintain<br />Reliant upon organisations<br />Probably contextualised<br />Greater consistency in level<br />
  8. 8. Good resources to read<br />Gurell S. and Wiley, D. (2010) Open Educational Resources Handbook 1.0 for educators. Available from http://wikieducator.org/OER_Handbook/educator_version_one<br />Commonwealth of Learning (2005) Creating learning materials for open and distance learning: A Handbook for Authors and Instructional Designers. Available from http://www.col.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/odlinstdesignHB2.pdf<br />OECD (2007) Giving knowledge for free: The emergence of Open Educational Resources. ISBN 978-92-64-03174-6 Available at: www.sourceoecd.org/education/9789264031746<br />
  9. 9. Useful Links<br />sideCAP wiki (with resources)<br />http://sidecap.wetpaint.com<br />The course on OpenLearn<br />http://openlearn.open.ac.uk<br />The sideCAP report<br />http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1267854<br />
  10. 10. View this presentation again at<br />www.slideshare.net/frankrennie<br />

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