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Jeff Waistell
15 February 2013

Conservation Speed Dating

Fall in love with a particular species through speed-dating!

  1. pick an animal at random from Google
  2. spend 10 minutes learning as much as possible about the animal and its habitat, through OER
  3. design a conservation plan for that species.
  4. share your animal and conservation plan with another student
  5. do the same with 3 other students
  6. in plenary group, discuss similarities and differences in conservation strategies for the different animals you learned about
  7. in plenary group, propose general recommendations you would make for conservation managers trying to protect the greatest biodiversity.
  8. discuss how these recommendations touch your own lives.

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Helen Whitehead
8:18am 16 February 2013

Hi Jeff

At the point the learners do this activity will they already have learned about what a conservation plan is and how to draw it up?  Or will information about that form part of the supporting resources about this activity?

P.S. Found some good sustainability OERs here:


Joanna Wild
1:20pm 17 February 2013

Hi Jeff,

You picked up a very nice Open Access article as a resource for your design. Are you planning to use it as a background reading for your students, prior to the activities? 

Also, I was wondering: this article is Open Access and the authors allow for its reproduction in the educational environment. What's not allowed though, are any modifications to it. Has this particular restriction had any influence on how you decided to use this resource in your design?



Joanna Wild
1:48pm 17 February 2013

Hi Helen,

Not all resources you have found in the sustainability area seem to be OER, but whether the license is actually important or not depends solely on what you are planning to do with the resource.

In case you haven’t noticed it already: the search you ran in Xerte could be further refined by selecting 'UK OER' or 'Creative Commons' in 'advanced search'.  


Jeff Waistell
12:44pm 18 February 2013

Hi Helen,

Yes, this prior knowledge will have been shared. Thanks so much for sharing those OERs. Jeff

Jeff Waistell
12:48pm 18 February 2013

Hi Joanna,

I cannot see the disallowing that you refer to - where is it?

The OLDS MOOC clearly indicated that these were recommended sources of OERs.

Thirdly, as far as I am aware, we are allowed to use and paraphrase these resources, in the same way that we would use and paraphrase textbook activities in seminars?

Best regards, Jeff

Joanna Wild
2:27pm 19 February 2013

Hi Jeff,

The terms of use can be found when you click on a very smallish (unfortunately) blue icon next to the bibliographical information on the top of the article. 

You are right about the links we provided. These are all good sources of OERs. Often, however, not only OERs. This happens because it is up to individuals to upload materials they want to share and provide metadata details including licensing terms. In some repositories you are allowed to leave a field or two blank…

Another point to make is that some materials that you can find in the OER repositories will have a more restricted licence e.g. not allowing for modifications. Although such resources do not fall under the definition of OER, I personally feel that it doesn’t really matter – you might not be able to modify such a resource but you can still use it, make copies, upload into the VLE etc. Adaptations don’t happen often anyway so, in my opinion, banning such resources from OER repositories (which happens) only limits the range of choice.

Regarding your third question – yes, you can still quote and paraphrase it but the standard citation rules for this type of publication apply.

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