Kabul OER presentation 2

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Kabul OER presentation 2

  1. 1. Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OERs) Gabi Witthaus (Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester) www.tinyurl.com/kabul-oer2 European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning UNIQUe Award Learning Technologist of the Year 2009: Team Award Beyond Distance RESEARCH ALLIANCE
  2. 2. Where I am coming from… www.le.ac.uk/beyonddistance Beyond Distance Research Alliance
  3. 3. Where do you get your teaching materials from? <ul><li>I write them myself </li></ul><ul><li>My students buy a text book </li></ul><ul><li>I find materials on the Internet for my students </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>
  4. 4. Answer on a scale of 0-3 <ul><li>How well do your existing materials cover the syllabus? </li></ul><ul><li>How suitable are your materials for your students? </li></ul><ul><li>Do your materials encourage your students to think critically? </li></ul><ul><li>Do your materials help your students to develop good study skills? </li></ul>0= Not at all 1= A little 2= Enough 3= Very well
  5. 5. What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)? <ul><li>Digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research.’ (OECD) </li></ul>
  6. 7. OER Search Workshop Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/94483995@N00/3759591702/
  7. 8. Where can I get OERs? <ul><ul><li>University of Leicester (UK): www.le.ac.uk/oer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open University (UK): http:// openlearn.open.ac.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MIT (USA): http:// ocw.mit.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JorumOpen (UK universities): http:// open.jorum.ac.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MERLOT (mainly USA institutions): www.merlot.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OER Commons (global): www.oercommons.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes U (global multimedia repository): www.apple.com/education/ itunes - u </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Cape Town (for Geology OER sites) http:// libguides.lib.uct.ac.za/content.php?pid =64392&sid=546452 </li></ul></ul>… and many others …
  8. 9. University of Leicester Repository www.le.ac.uk/oer
  9. 10. Open University Repository http:// openlearn.open.ac.uk
  10. 11. MIT Repository (USA) http:// ocw.mit.edu
  11. 12. JorumOpen: for all UK OERs http:// open.jorum.ac.uk
  12. 13. OER Commons: for OERs from global sources www.oercommons.org
  13. 14. iTunes U for multimedia OERs from global sources www.apple.com/education/ itunes - u
  14. 15. OER Search: Some tips <ul><li>Try different OER repositories & aggregators. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify your search terms. </li></ul><ul><li>Note that some smaller repositories do not have search box – you can only browse. </li></ul><ul><li>Try out ‘advanced search’ where offered. You may be able to search using “…” </li></ul><ul><li>Modify your search terms if necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Scan the list of results from your search before opening items. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Browsing potentially useful OERs: Some tips <ul><li>Check OER format – is it text (MS Word, RTF, PDF), audio (MP3, WAV), video (MP4) or flash animation? Make sure it’s what you want. </li></ul><ul><li>See if you have the option to ‘view OER’ before downloading. This can save time. </li></ul><ul><li>To see the whole OER, see if there is a ‘print version’. </li></ul><ul><li>Check the OER licence. What are you allowed to do with this OER? </li></ul>
  16. 17. How can I be sure about the quality of OERs? <ul><ul><li>Think about: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional reputation and expertise in a given discipline or subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author’s profile and expertise in a given subject area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also see if there are any ratings available on the OER site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check date of publication – not too long ago </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. OER Review: Some tips <ul><li>How well does the resource align with the content, skills and outcomes of your course? </li></ul><ul><li>What changes do you need to make to the OER (e.g. Translation? Simplifying? Removing sections? Adding your own sections?) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have the time and the resources to make those changes? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you collaborate with colleagues on OERs? </li></ul>
  18. 19. Where did the money come from for these repositories? <ul><li>Some institutions pay for OERs themselves – good marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Large foundations (e.g. Hewlett Foundation) </li></ul><ul><li>Government-funded: many UK OER projects funded by JISC and Higher Education Academy </li></ul>
  19. 20. www.le.ac.uk /otter www.le.ac.uk /ostrich
  20. 22. What am I allowed to do with OERs? www.creativecommons.org
  21. 23. Answer on a scale of 0-3 <ul><li>Did you find any OERs that you can use in your teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you spend further time searching for OERs? </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like to make OERs yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think students could benefit from OERs without the help of their teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you change anything in your teaching as a result of this workshop? </li></ul>0= No. 1= Maybe. 2= Yes. 3= Yes, definitely!
  22. 24. What kinds of problems do you think OERs might create for you? Photo by Sebastiano Pitruzzello o n Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25196025@N00/494169708
  23. 25. What kinds of problems do you think OERs might solve for you? Photo by loungerie on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97041449@N00/3415698043/
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  25. 27. Evaluation <ul><li>Today I learned… </li></ul><ul><li>Today I liked… </li></ul><ul><li>Today’s session could have been improved by… </li></ul><ul><li>Other comments: </li></ul>
  26. 28. Contact <ul><li>Gabi Witthaus </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Distance Research Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>www.le.ac.uk/beyonddistance </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: +44-116-252-5745 </li></ul>
  27. 29. <ul><li>13–15 April 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Three countries, three time zones: this non-stop, global, online conference will begin in Leicester (UK) on Wed 13 April, continue in Seattle (USA), and conclude in Toowoomba (Australia) 48 hours later. </li></ul>www.tinyurl.com/followthesun
  28. 30. Questions? Photo by Corrie on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33370236@N06/3845669785/

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