Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a wealth of materials that further develop and enrich an educator’s storehouse of instructional materials. While our access to these resources are at no cost, finding them can prove challenging. Where can we access the most effective and reliable databases? How can we ensure the quality of the OERs we are considering for our own instruction?
In this Micro-MOOC, we will explore the ever-expanding landscape of OERs and participate in the communities efforts to map the location and ensure the quality of them. In a roundtable webinar, we’ll hear from the experts (including Cable Green and David Wiley) about effective practices for finding OERs and learn how to leverage those practices for our own resource gathering. We’ll also explore pedagogical methods for implementing OERs to ensure the intended impact on our learners.
MOOCs are currently free (i.e., open admission) and that is a good thing. But until you and I can download a MOOC course in its entirety or in parts and reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the content legally… the MOOC is neither open courseware nor OER.
"Cheap online education may still have a bright future at the college level, but crusaders for change won't want to follow the short, unhappy example of Udacity's efforts to create remedial math and statistics classes for San Jose State University."
Domitilla Enders's insight:
The likely result: schools will put pressure on MOOC developers to do whatever it takes to succeed slowly, rather than being in a hurry to fail fast--failing fast being an approach admired and celebrated in tech circles.
Document presenting options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented on the site in the context of their specific benefits to educational establishments, or their use in the course of teaching and learning.
SocialBook is a new publishing platform based on the idea that "a book is a place" where readers can congregate. They've made it very easy to annotate a text and to follow a conversation in the margins.
Excerpts from an interview with Dave Cormier and Helen Keegan on the use of open educational resources (OER) in October 2012. Interviewer: Alastair Creelman, Linnaeus University. The interview was produced for the Swedish OER-project https://www.iis.se/english
MOOC = Massive Open Online Course There are a number of reasons why the term MOOC is a misnomer. - Many MOOCs are massive but not open (e.g., http://www.udacity.com/legal/) - Many MOOCs are open but not massive...
Domitilla Enders's insight:
Clarification on the open (or closed) status of MOOCs by David Wiley
If anyone had doubts about the need for OER in learning environments, this report should help put discussion about sustainability and other OER problems in perspective. The Publishers are now proposing the use of spyware and ransom-ware to combat infringement. (They disingeneously use the word "theft" rather than the proper legal term "infringement"). These will be the next version of digital locks - if you thought they were bad now just wait!
In the proposed scenario, if someone accesses your paid for content other than yourself (inadvertently or not) the content could be rendered inaccessible AND/OR your computer could be locked down. Or, they could retrieve the content without your permission (As Amazon did with the book 1984! -- ironically Orwellian). Or other forms of malware could be introduced to your computer. They suggest photographing the alleged "infringer" using his/her own camera, and even physically disabling or destroying the users' network.
A useful service via Twitter to help you look for OER resources to suit your needs. Ask a question of the OER Librarian (part of OER Commons) by tweeting the @OERLibrarian account. Ask the OER Librarian a question by tweeting details about the particular type of resource and/or subject matter you are looking for – include the username @oerlibrarian and the hashtag #oerlibrarian in the tweet.