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Pre-workshop activity: What is an OER? - Share an OER!

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Giota Alevizou
6 November 2009

OER: Broad definitions

Activity. As the definitions linked to above suggest, an OER could be a text or PDF file, a photograph, a slideshow, a diagram, a video or audio file, a second life artifact, a course unit or an online assessment activity.

Using the links below as a starting point:

  1. Find an OER which you have used in the past or thinking about using in a teaching or training context
  2. Create a link to it here ('add link')
  3. Introduce yourself and your role and describe the OER you have chosen.

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Tom Browne
4:19pm 13 November 2009 (Edited 4:21pm 13 November 2009)

Just to get the ball rolling - a definition of an OER that seems to tick many of the relevant boxes is:

 digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research (OECD, 2007). 

The full reference is given nearby under the heading Academic References.

digitised ... freely ... (assorted educational stakeholders) ... use ... RESUSE ..  L, T and R.

Anything missing?



Giota Alevizou
9:22am 16 November 2009

I am Giota and will be one of the Open University colleagues facilitating the workshop. I am a researcher at the OU's Olnet project funded by the Hewlett Foundation. The project aims to:

tackle gathering evidence and methods about how we can research and understand ways to learn in a more open world, particularly linked to Open Educational Resources (OER) but also looking at other influences. We want to gather evidence together but also spot the ideas that people see emerging from the opportunities.

Have you ever reflected upon the ways in which you identify and re-use resources? What makes a resource more re-usable than others? How do you share you share your insights?

Take a moment to think what you want to achieve from Open Educational Resources and how they can help and/or inspire innovative approaches to developing learning.

I am looking forward to hearing your views and assist whereever possible.

Gráinne Conole
6:23pm 16 November 2009

I my name is Gráinne (pronounced gronya) and I am one of the team from the OU. I am involved with both the learning design work at the OU (part of this work included the development of the cloudworks site) and the related OLnet initiative about supporting the creation, use and repurposing of Open Educational Resources (OER).  I am looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow and to working with you in the coming months hopefully!

Barrie Cooper
8:41am 17 November 2009

I'm Barrie, a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Exeter.  Traditionally teaching mathematics at degree level has primarily focussed on delivering lots of content to students in the form of lectures.

My hope is that OER can help make the transition from the traditional autocratic style of teaching to a much more investigative and dialogic form of learning.   As Giota identifies, key to this is not just content but discussion of how to most appropriately use the material available.

I've got to dash and teach now, but I hope to see you at the workshop.

Rebecca Galley
9:25am 17 November 2009

Thanks for the intro Barrie. My name is Rebecca Galley and I work on the Open University's Learning Design Initiative (OULDI). I will be supporting the workshop today and acting as 'Cloudworks buddy' for groups who would like me to! 

Richard Winsley
10:52am 17 November 2009

My name is Richard from Sport & Health Sciences.  I have used OER from the dept of health before, but nothing is available as a central resource site for our subject area to the best of my knowledge.

Giota Alevizou
11:54am 17 November 2009

Hi Barrie, hi Richard welcome to this space. hope to hear more of your insights and reflections in the rest of the spaces.

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