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Finding online resources @ ITOrgEd2011

  1. 1. Autumn School Joint IT-Enhanced Organic & Sustainable Education Training Course 04 - 11 October 2011 04 - 11 October 2011 Mesta, Chios Island, Greece
  2. 2. Autumn School: “ Joint IT-Enhanced Organic Education” Finding online resources Friday, October 7 th , 2011 Vassilis Protonotarios Agricultural Biotechnologist, PhD Greek Research and Technology Network
  3. 3. <ul><li>Finding online resources </li></ul>Dr. Vassilis Protonotarios Agricultural Biotechnologist Greek Research & Technology Network, Greece
  4. 4. Where to search for digital resources? <ul><li>One option: various sources around internet </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Advantages? </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to find the search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use them </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages? </li></ul><ul><li>High number of results – minimum filtering </li></ul><ul><li>Results not always valid/high quality/relevant </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright issues </li></ul><ul><li>… . </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Another option: Learning portals </li></ul><ul><li>advantages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>specialized information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>classification of resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>high quality of resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>filtering options -> more relevant results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>examples? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>BUT: </li></ul><ul><li>You may not be allowed to use/reuse/revise these resources because: </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright issues exist </li></ul><ul><li>Licensing should be taken into consideration </li></ul>ErikJHeels (permalink:
  8. 8. <ul><li>What are the OER? </li></ul><ul><li>OER = Open Educational Resources </li></ul><ul><li>  Educational materials that are freely available   and licensed in a way that gives users the legal permission to </li></ul><ul><li>reuse –  use the work “as-is” without having to ask permission </li></ul><ul><li>revise  - alter or transform the work to meet the user’s needs </li></ul><ul><li>remix –  combine the work with other works for an enhanced effect </li></ul><ul><li>redistribute –  share the work or derivative work with others. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Why use OER? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Shared content becomes a vehicle for collaboration and connection </li></ul><ul><li>Shared materials are continually improved upon through revisions </li></ul><ul><li>Materials can be adapted and localized to fit the specific audience needs </li></ul><ul><li>Saves time , cuts costs , and reduces duplication of effort </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>How to find OER? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>OER is supported by an ever-growing active movement </li></ul><ul><li>Usually available through specialized learning portals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We need to focus on OER in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the area of agriculture! </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Let’s see some examples: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Wow, that was fast… </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s see them one by one! </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>OER Commons </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to a number of OER on agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a number of search options and filtering of the results </li></ul><ul><li>Green OER ( ) hosts resources specifically on green topics </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>2. Organic.Edunet Web portal </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to a wealth of resources on OA and AE </li></ul><ul><li>Features four different search mechanisms and filtering of the results </li></ul><ul><li>Not all resources are OER, so one should be careful! </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>3. MERLOT </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to a number of resources on agriculture and green topics </li></ul><ul><li>Features classification of resources by type as well </li></ul><ul><li>Users may comment and review resources </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>3. OER Africa – Agriculture OER </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to a number of resources on agricultural topics </li></ul><ul><li>The number of resources is constantly growing </li></ul><ul><li>Resources are mostly relevant to African agricultural sector </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>4. FAO Organic Agriculture portal </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to publications, reports, projects, glossary etc. on organic agriculture topics </li></ul><ul><li>The number of resources is relatively high and growing </li></ul><ul><li>Resources are classified according to their top-level topic and are easy to find </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>5. FAO Corporate Document Repository </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to a wealth of information of various formats </li></ul><ul><li>Resources are not restricted to OA, but they can apply in most cases </li></ul><ul><li>Features a classification system and a powerful search engine for retrieving resources. </li></ul>
  19. 19. References / Supporting material <ul><li>Basic bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>Hylén J. (2007). “Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources”. Paris, France: OECD Publishing. p. 30. doi:10.1787/9789264032125-en. </li></ul><ul><li>Johnstone S. (2005). &quot;Open Educational Resources Serve the World&quot;. Educause Quarterly 28 (3). Retrieved online on March 3rd, 2011 from </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Wiley, David (2006-06-03), Expert Meeting on Open Educational Resources, Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. Retrieved online on March 3rd, 2011 from </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 20. References / Supporting material <ul><li>Complementary bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>Atkins D., Brown J. and Hammond A. (2007). &quot;A Review of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: Achievements, Challenges, and New Opportunities&quot;. Menlo Park, CA: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. p.4. Retrieved online on March 3rd, 2011 from </li></ul><ul><li>Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources. Paris, France: OECD Publishing. 2007. doi:10.1787/9789264032125-en. Retrieved online on March 3rd, 2011 from </li></ul><ul><li>Open Educational Resources&quot;. CERI. Retrieved online on March 3rd, 2011 from,3343,en_2649_35845581_35023444_1_1_1_1,00.html </li></ul><ul><li>Web pages / links </li></ul><ul><li>Organic.Edunet Web portal: </li></ul><ul><li>Open Educational Resources Commons (OER Commons): </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia page on Open Educational Resources: </li></ul>