OER Workshop for Kabul University


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OER workshop for academics and students at Kabul University, Feb 2011, hosted by British Council in Kabul.

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OER Workshop for Kabul University

  1. 1. Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OERs)<br />Gabi Witthaus (Beyond Distance Research Alliance, University of Leicester)<br />With<br />Dr Dave Humphreys (Open University)<br />European Foundation for Quality <br />in e-Learning UNIQUe Award <br />Learning Technologist of<br />the Year 2009: Team Award<br />Beyond Distance<br /> RESEARCH ALLIANCE<br />
  2. 2. Where I am coming from…<br />2<br />www.le.ac.uk/beyonddistance<br />Beyond Distance<br /> Research Alliance<br />
  3. 3. Programme<br />Reflecting on your teaching materials<br />What are OERs? Where do we find them?<br />Tea<br />Large foundations (e.g. Hewlett Foundation)<br />Government-funded: many UK OER projects funded by JISC and Higher Education Academy<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Where do you get your teaching/learningmaterials from?<br />STUDENTS<br />My teacher writes them<br />I buy a text book<br />I find materials myself on the Internet<br />Other<br />TEACHERS<br />I write them myself<br />My students buy a text book<br />I find materials on the Internet for my students<br />Other<br />4<br />
  5. 5. 0= Not at all<br />1= A little<br />2= Enough<br />3= Very well<br />Answer on a scale of 0-3<br />How well do your existing materials cover the syllabus?<br />How suitable are your materials for you/yourstudents?<br />Do your materials encourage you/ your students to think critically?<br />Do your materials help you/ your students to develop good study skills?<br />5<br />
  6. 6. What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?<br />Digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research.’ (OECD) <br />6<br />
  7. 7. Openness<br />
  8. 8. Where can I get OERs?<br /><ul><li>University of Leicester (UK): www.le.ac.uk/oer
  9. 9. Open University (UK): http://openlearn.open.ac.uk
  10. 10. MIT (USA): http://ocw.mit.edu
  11. 11. JorumOpen (UK universities): http://open.jorum.ac.uk
  12. 12. MERLOT (mainly USA institutions): www.merlot.org
  13. 13. OER Commons (global): www.oercommons.org
  14. 14. iTunes U (global multimedia repository): www.apple.com/education/itunes-u
  15. 15. University of Cape Town (for Geology OER sites) http://libguides.lib.uct.ac.za/content.php?pid=64392&sid=546452</li></ul>8<br />… and many others…<br />
  16. 16. University of Leicester Repository<br />9<br />www.le.ac.uk/oer<br />
  17. 17. Open University Repository<br />10<br />http://openlearn.open.ac.uk<br />
  18. 18. MIT Repository (USA)<br />11<br />http://ocw.mit.edu<br />
  19. 19. JorumOpen: for all UK OERs<br />12<br />http://open.jorum.ac.uk<br />
  20. 20. OER Commons: for OERs from global sources<br />13<br />www.oercommons.org<br />
  21. 21. iTunes U for multimedia OERs from global sources<br />14<br />www.apple.com/education/itunes-u<br />
  22. 22. Where did the money come from for these repositories?<br />Some institutions pay for OERs themselves – good marketing<br />Large foundations (e.g. Hewlett Foundation)<br />Government-funded: many UK OER projects funded by JISC and Higher Education Academy<br />15<br />
  23. 23. 16<br />www.le.ac.uk/otter<br />www.le.ac.uk/ostrich<br />
  24. 24. Questions?<br />17<br />Photo by Corrie on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33370236@N06/3845669785/<br />
  25. 25. How can I be sure about the quality of OERs?<br />Think about:<br /><ul><li>Institutional reputation and expertise in a given discipline or subject
  26. 26. Author’s profile and expertise in a given subject area
  27. 27. Also see if there are any ratings available on the OER site
  28. 28. Check date of publication – not too long ago</li></ul>18<br />
  29. 29. Reuse/ Repurposing<br />
  30. 30. What am I allowed to do with OERs?<br />20<br />www.creativecommons.org<br />
  31. 31. OER Search: Some tips<br />Try different OER repositories & aggregators.<br />Identify your search terms. <br />Note that some smaller repositories do not have search box – you can only browse.<br />Try out ‘advanced search’ where offered. You may be able to search using “…”<br />Modify your search terms if necessary.<br />Scan the list of results from your search before opening items. <br />21<br />
  32. 32. Browsing potentially useful OERs: Some tips<br />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.<br />See if you have the option to ‘view OER’ before downloading. This can save time.<br />To see the whole OER, see if there is a ‘print version’.<br />Check the OER licence. What are you allowed to do with this OER? <br />22<br />
  33. 33. OER Search Workshop<br />23<br />Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/94483995@N00/3759591702/<br />
  34. 34. OER Review: Some tips<br />How well does the resource align with the content, skills and outcomes of your course?<br />What changes do you need to make to the OER (e.g. Translation? Simplifying? Removing sections? Adding your own sections?)<br />Do you have the time and the resources to make those changes?<br />How can you collaborate with colleagues on OERs?<br />24<br />
  35. 35. 0= No.<br />1= Maybe.<br />2= Yes.<br />3= Yes, definitely!<br />Answer on a scale of 0-3<br />Did you find any OERs that you can use in your teaching/ learning?<br />Will you spend further time searching for OERs?<br />Would you like to make OERs yourself?<br />Do you think students could benefit from OERs without the help of their teachers?<br />Will you change anything in your teaching/ learningas a result of this workshop?<br />25<br />
  36. 36. What kinds of problems do you think OERs might create for you?<br />26<br />Photo by SebastianoPitruzzello on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25196025@N00/494169708<br />
  37. 37. What kinds of problems do you think OERs might solve for you?<br />27<br />Photo by loungerie on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97041449@N00/3415698043/<br />
  38. 38. 28<br />
  39. 39. Evaluation<br />Today I learned…<br />Today I liked…<br />Today’s session could have been improved by…<br />Other comments:<br />29<br />
  40. 40. Contact<br />Gabi Witthaus<br />Beyond Distance Research Alliance<br />www.le.ac.uk/beyonddistance<br />E-mail: Gabi.Witthaus@le.ac.uk<br />Tel: +44-116-252-5745<br />30<br />
  41. 41. Follow the Sun: Online Learning Futures Festival<br />13–15 April 2011<br />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.<br />31<br />www.tinyurl.com/followthesun<br />