Welcome to 30 minutes of Open Education Resources:
Hello and welcome. The aim of these two short sessions is to introduce you to the idea of OER and OEP (Open Education Practice). I’ll give you tools to find, use and hopefully, make your resources open to an education-hungry world. The outcome will be that you will know how to tap into and use a vast number of resources to enrich your research and the learning experience of your students.
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Challenges in Education
We live in a world with more information than we know what to do with – and when we sit down to research our work we have that world at our fingertips. Yet, as we know, not all of it can be used, trusted, and copied legally, not all of it is good information, and not all of it can be easily referenced.
We also have a significant challenge in that media/webpages/course materials etc, are time-consuming and expensive to create, and being a student is an increasingly expensive activity.
‘What’s all that got to do with OERs, and how do they help?’
There are masses of free, amazing, professional academic resources on the web made by universities and companies all over the planet, that you are allowed, even invited, to use, re-purpose and embed into your teaching and research.
“Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.” (Atkins et al. 2007, p 4)
Here’s a short video which explains:
A little bit of history for you (some of it is quite fascinating):
”That all sounds great! So where can I find them?”
OERs appear across the web on many platforms; YouTube, iTunes U, Vimeo being a few of the better known platforms. They also appear within University webpages, and are also gathered together in OER directories and search engines. (We will explore those next time).
TOOL: CREATIVE COMMONS SEARCH TOOL is a fantastic way of searching for OERs that have been tagged under the Creative Commons use. If you are not aware of what Creative Commons is, have a look here. It’s at the centre of the idea of OERs.
TASK: Use the CREATIVE COMMONS SEARCH tool to find a piece of video, and a photograph/or diagram, plus some text that would be useful for a module you are teaching right now. If you are not teaching, then pick something you are interested in. (I just chose Wilfred Owen.) Please share the links in the reply box below.
DID YOU KNOW? Anglia Ruskin University has an iTunes U presence that has had tens of thousands of views and downloads across the planet.
OPTIONAL TASK: If you have iTunes on your phone or computer do a search for ‘Cardiac Arrest Simulation’. The videos on there created by Anglia Ruskin (me, in fact) are the only information on that subject across the entire iTunes platform (not just the iTunes U part of it). Have you ever suggested to your students that they might find useful information on iTunes U?
DID YOU KNOW? Anglia Ruskin University staff and students have access to millions of programmes films and radio programmes which can be embedded, used in class/VLE/assignments, quoted and referenced via Box of Broadcasts?
EXTRA TASK: I invite you to browse OER COMMONS for something related to your subject. Let me know what you find in the comment box below.
Here’s a few more things you might like to have a quick look at:
- RES: a brilliant new idea that could change the face of pulling free resources together. Click the link and watch the video on their front page for info.
- Whether you teach English or not these examples of freely available resources are stunning – Folio and Resources
Well, I hope you have already found something useful from today’s short session. I know every time I go looking for OERs I end up finding something new and incredible, and certainly things that I would not have the time, money or skills to create myself. This is not, however, just a story about getting free resources from reputable sources – another important aspect is that sharing resources across the globe can lead to incredible things happening.
In the next post we will be looking at OER directories and search engines, some really cool resources, and also why you might consider making your resources open to the world. Here’s a video on that to whet your appetite. See you tomorrow.
This video was created by Blink Tower (Cape Town, South Africa) for a 2012 video competition (http://whyopenedmatters.org/index.html) to explain why OER Matters.