SAT: Stellar & Open: The Case for Using Open Educational Resources and Practices within our own Communities and beyond... (cont.) (Peter Farran)
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Dr Simon Ball
6 February 2014
Full title: Stellar & Open: The Case for Using Open Educational Resources and Practices within our own Communities and beyond. Open Education in an Open Landscape: Implementation.
This presentation recognizes the significance of the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement since it’s emergence in 2002 when the term 'open educational resources' was used at the UNESCO forum on 'The Impact of Open Educational Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries'.
The presentation encourages educators to play their own part in the continued growth and implementation of the OER movement. It includes brief explanations on what OERs actually are and provides examples. In particular, the vast numbers of incredible images from the Hubble space telescope, which despite the huge cost in capturing, are made openly available for educational purposes.
The case and compelling reasons for educators to learn more about, understand and participate in the OER movement are also explained in some detail with recent international research being drawn upon from the UK, Europe and beyond from researchers at academic institutions, UNESCO and the The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.
In particular, findings are highlighted where important recommendations are made for improving eventual use in the relevant context.
As a technology integration specialist working in an international school within a network of similar schools, practical examples will be given which illustrate how we can all take small steps to contribute to a more open educational landscape through the use, development and promotion of OERs and practices. In particular, a real and recent example will be described where the need for a resource was identified. The process of creating the resource, while considering the needs of eventually sharing the resource openly and in an accessible format, will be explained.
Based on the benefits highlighted for the creation, sharing and use of open educational resources, recommendations for implementation will be provided in a practical format aimed primarily at international educators of students in the 5-18 age range. Because the recommendations will be provided in a Share --alike format that supports modification it is anticipated that, where appropriate, educators would consider adapting the resource to suit their own situations and those of others.
To assist educators on their potential OER journey some recommendations will be given as to where to look for existing resources, where to access support and guidance in the creation of new resources and where to keep up with the latest developments and foster collaborative relationships within and around the existing Open Educational Resources community of practice.
The presentation will be delivered synchronously in the Open University H818 online conference although the presentation will remain available afterwards via the OU itself (are you considering YouTube, too?) and ultimately my own personal learning network.
The presentation has been created as a PowerPoint slideshow due to it's existing accessibility support and further accommodations have been made in a supplementary version based on guidance from Jisc TechDis, a leading UK advisory service on technologies for inclusion and accessibility.
The presentation in itself will be provided in a format which allows sharing, ease of modification and reuse in a variety of contexts with a simple share alike with attribution creative commons license.
Richter, T. McPherson, M. (2012). Open educational resources: education for the world?
Pawlowski et al. (2013). Open Educational Resources and Practices for Educational Cross-Border Collaboration. UNESCO.
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. (2013). Open Educational Resources. Breaking the Lockbox on Education.