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Workshop: Designing an approach to Open Educational Resources

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Giota Alevizou
11 October 2010

Description: Offering resources freely and openly changes the way they
are used. In this workshop we will look at what makes such resources
reusable and how this impacts on the design of content, and the design
of activities that users build themselves.

Outcomes: what will the participants get from the session (would like to
have two or three practical tools / ideas)
Patricipants will
-  appreciate that operating openly changes motivations, interactions
and models of use
-  develop a view on how to design more reusable resources
-  understand that thinking in terms of patterns offers a way for
users to adjust designs themselves

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Design for openness: Activity 1 - 20 minutes


1. As an individual make notes on post-its – identifying a resource (whether copyright free or not) that you have reused in the past eg video clips, audio recordings, images, multimedia database items, newspaper articles etc. 

- Note also what made the resource reusable?

2. Pair with a partner and discuss how you reused the resource

3. Agree what post-its should be placed on ‘Activity Sheet 1’ to share your thoughts with the wider group


Giota Alevizou
06:58 on 11 October 2010

Openness and its impac: Activity 2 - 20 minutes

1. Making notes on post-its – think of an open educational resource that you would like to use in your teaching practice. 

- What made the resource attractive to use?

Make a note of the way(s) in which you would like to use the resource in your course, having in mind the student activities you would like to faciliate.

2. Pair with a partner and discuss how many different ways you can think of using the resource(s) in your teaching practice

- Make a note of whether the instructional design in this resource was mediated explicitly?

3. Place your post-its on ‘Activity Sheet 2’ to share your thoughts with the wider group

Giota Alevizou
06:59 on 11 October 2010

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Workshop Slides: Designing an approach to Open Educational Resources

Workshop Slides: Designing an approach to Open Educational Resources

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Tina Wilson
3:12pm 14 December 2010

Participants comments for activity 1 on Post-it notes:

1. Images - diagrams etc from Wikipedia...Used in course materials with credits given as per website.

2. job descriptions and standards ... Reusable in terms of information

3. Case studies

4. Images from the web

5. Audio clips .... multipurpose. Non-time specific --> compelling narratives and learning within stories.

6. Youtube quitar tutorials--> Also then discovered the link to guitar 'course' and suggested other clips for inclusion. Made resuable by the feedback and comment mechanism on Youtube and the ability to embed the clips on other pages.

7. Trusted sources - Easy to edit - Access to source materials - Multiple media.


Tina Wilson
3:25pm 14 December 2010 (Edited 3:26pm 14 December 2010)

Participants' Post-it Notes on activity 2: attractiveness of educational resources for using in specific contexts/purposes.

1. Audio clips for digital audio - CD and Folder - Commercial, but written contents allowed to be copied.

2. Guitar tutor resource - YouTube. Created by an expert, so filtered, simple to use, recommends next step. Easy to share with like-minded individuals. Demostrate how content can be used to learn 'without creating it'.

3. Fine-tuned to - style / quality / not self-induldgent. Our own venue.

4. Equipment configuration instructions (inhouse). Drown up by others who have done the process for real. Trusted, Credible, but may need changing. Use for engineering practical training.

5. Inspirational 'figure head'; Lectures or clips. Lack of availiability of key industry figures for multiple events - accessibility of best content to all.

6. Style and clarity that matches my style and approach. For example ppt I use as heading / storyboard. a) stand-alone (example case study), video/range of resources that are metaphor for what I am trying to explain. b) part of a sequence.

7. YouTube music exercises -->several sources; Sheet music with keys and tabs. Versions of the original artists work. Copy of music on DVD in rehersal. Free but a taster to more resources. Because a trusted resource - some better at teaching than others.



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