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What can Open Access offer me as a teacher?: A guide to Open Access and to education resources you can use for teaching and professional development


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Presentation given with Clare Brett as part of Master of Teachers Tech Day at OISE, Oct 20 2010.

Abstract: Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER's) are terms being increasingly used in educational circles. There are a lot of free, well-designed and interesting curriculum resources out there for the discerning teacher to find and use in their classroom. This workshop will provide a tour of some of the key locations for finding such resources for k-12 teachers, as well as introducing you to the ideas behind Open Access in general, and a discussion of interesting new directions for lifelong professional development, such as the Peer-to-Peer university. The workshop will consist of introducing you to the terms and resources of Open Access as well as small group discussions on strategies and issues about using these resources in your classroom. This will be an interactive session, where your questions are welcome and will guide the kinds of materials we discuss.

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What can Open Access offer me as a teacher?: A guide to Open Access and to education resources you can use for teaching and professional development

  1. 1. A guide to Open Access and to Open Education Resources for teaching and professional development. <ul><li>Stian Håklev & Clare Brett </li></ul><ul><li>MT Technology Day, October 20, 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Who we are… <ul><li>Introductions: </li></ul><ul><li>To us…. </li></ul><ul><li>To you… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are you teaching? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specializations? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What do you already know… <ul><li>About Open Source, or Open Educational Resources? </li></ul><ul><li>What understanding would you like to leave with from today’s session? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Overview <ul><li>What do we mean by “Open”? Why does it matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER's): What are they? And why are they important? </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting curriculum resources and how to find them. </li></ul><ul><li>New tools for lifelong professional development: the Peer-to-Peer university; Twitter, WikiEducator </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons & Copyright:--developing and publishing your own material </li></ul><ul><li>Small group discussions on strategies and issues about using these resources in your classroom </li></ul><ul><li>This will be an interactive session, where your questions are welcome. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Three pillars of openness Openness as a transformative value
  6. 6. Free as in speech/beer
  7. 7. free software
  8. 8. creative commons
  9. 9. ccmixter
  10. 10. flickr cc
  11. 11. Different meanings of open
  12. 12. Three pillars of openness <ul><li>Open license </li></ul><ul><li>Open files/data </li></ul><ul><li>Open collaboration </li></ul>
  13. 13. the story of a seed
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  17. 17. a story enabled by openness
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  23. 27. What is Open Access? Green OA
  24. 31. What is Open Access? Green OA Gold OA
  25. 33. Why is OA important for me as an educator? <ul><li>It’s the only way to get access to research after you leave OISE. </li></ul>
  26. 34. What are Open Educational Resources (OER’s)? <ul><li>Any kind of learning resources available online, usually with an open license </li></ul><ul><li>Three main purposes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>direct learning for independent self-learners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resource base for reuse, objects you can reuse when teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>transparency, seeing how others do things, becoming inspired </li></ul></ul>
  27. 35. Why Open Resources now? <ul><li>The increasing importance of the lifelong learning agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>The new generation of easy-to-use Web-based tools and services provides opportunities to offer potentially more effective OER. </li></ul><ul><li>There are means to retain copyright and still share for educational purposes, making it easier for authors and institutions to provide OER through the set of Creative Commons licenses </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons also enables such copyright structures in an internationally standardized way. </li></ul>
  28. 36. Activity 1: in small groups <ul><li>Identify the main advantages that you see of having OA and OER’s </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the main challenges you see for implementing OA and OER’s . </li></ul>
  29. 37. Interesting curriculum resources for the discerning teacher and how to find them.
  30. 38. Links to Educational OER repositories <ul><li>DiscoverEd: </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Hub: </li></ul><ul><li>OER Commons: </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Digital Literacy: </li></ul>
  31. 39. Canadian OER resources: <ul><li>Lesson plans with Canadian Content </li></ul><ul><li>Image collection </li></ul>
  32. 40. New projects and research <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Curriki: </li></ul>
  33. 41. Multicultural/multilingual OER <ul><li>Can be a great resource for students with different mother tongues and cultures </li></ul>
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  39. 47. “Accidental” OER <ul><li>Incredible resources available not “meant” for teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Needs a “curator” </li></ul>
  40. 48. youtube main
  41. 49. soc images
  42. 50. Invite science into the classroom <ul><li>Open notebook science </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed collaborative “amateur” science networks </li></ul>
  43. 53. Activity 2: In small groups by teaching specialization: P/J, J/I, I/S : <ul><li>Brainstorm in groups using sites we have looked at to: </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the main challenges you see to a) accessing these resources, b) expanding this approach to educational content. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think OER’s provide a useful way to develop resources and provide access to them </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize your group’s ideas and present these to the whole group. </li></ul>
  44. 54. New directions for lifelong professional development: the Peer2Peer University, Twitter, WikiEducator  
  45. 62. More informal ways of PD <ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Massive online open courses </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing your own materials </li></ul>
  46. 65. Connectivism course
  47. 71. Activity 3: In small groups <ul><li>Discuss the value you see of getting professional development via emerging initiatives like P2P versus traditional PD structures. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and list the positives and negatives that you see. </li></ul>
  48. 72. References and Resources <ul><li>Curriki: </li></ul><ul><li>Article on recent teacher contributions and awards to curriki </li></ul><ul><li>Open High School of Utah - an entire online publicly funding high school using only OER / </li></ul><ul><li> Khan Academy - 1600 ten-minute videos about math, science and all other subjects. </li></ul><ul><li> OpenCourseWare appropriate for some high school students who want to &quot;stretch themselves” </li></ul><ul><li> ICDL - International Childrens Digital Library. Not openly licensed but free. Great for multicultural approaches - over 50 languages represented </li></ul><ul><li> Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li> : WikiEducator - huge repository of OER, also for K12, and teacher collaboration, international. </li></ul><ul><li> : P2PU - for teacher development </li></ul><ul><li>!/dougpete/ontario-educators List of Ontario Educator Tweeters </li></ul><ul><li> Citizen science - huge archive of distributed &quot;citizen science&quot; projects </li></ul><ul><li> Directory of OA Journals: </li></ul><ul><li> / Directory of OA Repositories </li></ul><ul><li> : Student-generated OER projects </li></ul>
  49. 73. Contact Information <ul><li>Stian Håklev: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Website: </li></ul><ul><li>Clare Brett [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Website: </li></ul>