How to create Open Educational Resources (OERs)


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Training session on 8 March 2013 for the National Workshop for State OpenUniversities of India on Open Educational Resources conducted by InterUniversity Consortium and Commonwealth of Learning. In this session we discussed on what to create as OER, how to create OERs, where to share and what Open License can be selected.

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How to create Open Educational Resources (OERs)

  1. 1. How tocreate OERsImage source: Ramesh Sharma . 8 March 2013
  2. 2. What you can create…• Activities & Labs • Interactive Text• Assessments • Lecture Notes• Audio Lectures • Lesson Plans• Case Study • Readings• Curriculum Standards • Resource Review• Discussion Forums • Simulations• Full Course • Syllabi• Games • Teaching & Learning• Homework & Assignments Strategies• Images & Illustrations • Textbooks • Training Materials • Unit of Study • Video Lectures Any materials associated with teaching and learning!
  3. 3. PDF Course Schedule Builder• The PDF Course Schedule • See a demo here Builder (PDFCSB) is an • open-source tool that was /watch?v=9QZQiwzsr2k developed at the Faculty Center for Teaching (FACT) at Utah State University (USU). The PDFCSB allows instructors to create a schedule for an online course in a George Joeckel native PDF environment-- Adobe Reader.
  4. 4. Metadata• In order for potential users to find resources online, and to understand the scope of a resource, it is vital to include relevant metadata. This is information about the resource, such as the author’s name, the date the resource was created, keywords, and the educational context in which the resource has previously been used.• g- learning/teaching_tools/oer/ how-to-create-OER
  5. 5. Re-Purpose the content• Jacqui Cain from Tacoma Community College, as part of a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation grant, re- purposed Sherlock Holmes stories to create a full online course in Remedial English Image source:
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  7. 7. Characteristics of OER:licences and rights (2012) See the video at
  8. 8. Copyright and OEROpenLearn: free learning from The Open University explains:• Use no more than around 400 words from a large book (quantitative).• Do not take the substance of any work. For example, if you’re taking quotes from a whodunit novel, do not take the part that reveals the culprit – even if only a few words (qualitative).• Poetry is considered very qualitative, so use caution and do not take more than two lines without permission without seeking advice from someone with copyright knowledge and experience in this area.‘Creating open educational resources. An OpenLearn chunk used/reworked by permission of The Open Universitycopyright © (2011).’
  9. 9. Copyright and OER• Music is also considered qualitative, so use caution, particularly with popular or well-known pieces – even if you’re only using a couple of notes. Seek advice if unsure.• Footage (film/moving images) is considered qualitative – so again, use caution. Footage is charged within the industry on a per second basis (frequently with 30- second and one-minute minimums being imposed for charging), so three or four seconds could be seen as a maximum insubstantial part.‘Creating open educational resources. An OpenLearn chunk used/reworked by permission of The Open Universitycopyright © (2011).’
  10. 10. Make sure to…Choose an appropriate License – Be clear about your license choice and about what it covers.Cite your sources! – Include license info and link to license on websiteMake it adaptable! – Make your content available in multiple file formats (pdf, .ppt, .odt, .doc, etc) – Ensure that users can download your content, not simply access.Use Open Content! – Promote open content by using open content and remixing others’ work.
  11. 11. Select an appropriate License
  12. 12. Choose an appropriate License XXX
  13. 13. Where you can share your resourcesJorum: find and share learning HumBox: storing, managing and publishingand teaching resources your Humanities teaching resources on the web
  14. 14. Where you can share your resourcesiTunes U Flickr
  15. 15. Where you can share your resourcesYouTube Google sites / Drive
  16. 16. Thank You!