OER2011: Panel OER in Action
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31 March 2011
Panel of those involved in teaching to discuss how OER practice can be developed.
- Carrie Bisgard, Coordinator of Online Learning (Teacher on Special Assignment), Whittier Union High School District
- Deborah Cowden, Teacher, Cunha Intermediate School
- Emily Morrison, Programs Manager, California Shakespeare Theater
- DeLaina Tonks, Director, Open High School of Utah
- Lisa Petrides (Moderator), President and Founder, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME)
- sharing of grades leads to sharing of practice
- setting time aside for local sharing as well as global
- sharing with parents gains positive feedback - teachers remain wary
- open classes do encourage connections and early release
- showing people oer in action helps to convince others - need data to brag
Needs from OER:
- content, not so time-consuming, OER is "better not easier", search for fit is needed
- OER librarian on twitter. Tweet #oerlib to get crowdsourced resources
- YouTube is not enough - need to know it will work, not have unsuitable comments ...
- OER needs to grow up - more, better chunked, more high school material
Do OER for designing authentic inquiry meet a need?
- Need professional development - training how to use
- Will be needed more with a bigger base
How does training happen for OER?
- Demo based can work - make it fun and worth it
- Addressing the enthusiasts
- Build vision
How to show it works and is cost efficient?
- Data is being gathered - but can be hard to compare as often addressing problem classes
- Cost is hard to check as tend to be part of investment - but OER is looking to be cheaper and better
- Having laptops in class and access is "just the way we do things" for kids
How can community help teachers?
- Need the equipment as well as the content - plus IT support
- Become part of the conversation - find space and time to be involved with the students and teachers
- Make offers for help - but be specifice about how you can help
- As parents to be involved in learning