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Searching OER related to inclusion, special education, accessibilities, universal design for learning

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Ida Brandão
17 February 2013

I've posted in Google Groups some searches on the repositories suggested in OLDS MOOC WEEK 6.

I didn't find much material on the search expressions:  inclusion, special education, accessibilities, universal design for learning. In my searches I come across some interesting learning objects though not directly rellted to what I was looking for.

Here are the results of some searches I made:

Connexions 

search: «web accessibilities» - Universal Design for Access and Equity - http://cnx.org/content/m42278/latest/

OER Commons -

search: «accessibilities» - Perkins webcasts for visual impairments - http://www.oercommons.org/courses/perkins-webcasts/view ; Conversations: A Personal Reflection About Deafblindness - http://www.oercommons.org/courses/perkins-webcasts/view 

 Temoa

search: «universal design for learning» - 

«Designing Adaptable Learning Resources with Learning Object Patterns» (2005) - http://journals.tdl.org/jodi1/article/view/60

       search: «educational resources software»- simulator on Genetics - http://star.mit.edu/genetics/index.html   

University Learning = OCW+OER -

search: «universal design for learning» took me in seconds to a long list of videos on UDL (the Google search is very effective) - Though I was familiar with many of the videos listed these webinars from Univ Maryville, St Louis were new to me - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INS1i5LND5w&feature=share&list=PL2E9EDB12DBC63060   

Univ Oxford podcasts -

search: «global warming» - impacts on Northeast Brazil - http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/open

OpenLearn

search: «accessibility» - found a module on Accessibility of eLearning - http://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/professional-development-education/accessibility-elearning/content-section-0  

OCW Consortium -

search: «special needs» - redirected to Univ Nottingham open course Thinking about Dyslexia - http://unow.nottingham.ac.uk/resources/resource.aspx?hid=ee4bb1f5-96b1-49b6-e70a-76e33381802d

Intute

search: «universal design for learning» - led to Universal Design Education website - http://www.udeducation.org/ 

JISC Digital Media took me to:

      UbuWeb where I found a precious audio recording of late '20, Bertold Brecht singing two songs from "Die Dreigroschenoper" - http://www.ubu.com/sound/brecht.html 

      Videoart.net - a creative video - Necessities of life - http://videoart.net/home/Artists/VideoPage.cfm?Artist_ID=1435&ArtWork_ID=5198&Player_ID=10 

British Universities Film & video - Univ. Warwick - browsing at random - Celebrating Dockens - http://bufvc.ac.uk/gateway/link.php/site/1390

BBC - Adam Curtis the Medium and the Message - Rupert Murdoch; a portrait of Satan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/posts/rupert_murdoch_-_a_portrait_of_1 

Gutenberg Project (free ebooks)

search: «education» - Dr. Montessori's own handbook - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/29635 

Leedsmet

search: «learning difficulties» - Academic Achievement and Social Functioning of Children With and Without Learning Difficulties - http://repository.leedsmet.ac.uk/main/view_record.php?identifier=3531&SearchGroup=research 

Curriki

search: educational technology - Cool tools: Digital Badges - http://repository.leedsmet.ac.uk/main/view_record.php?identifier=3531&SearchGroup=research

Introduction to OER - http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Coll_Group_OERi-OpenEducationalResourcesintegration/IntroductiontoOpenEducationalResources 

WikiEducator - It provides a list of OER Repositories - http://wikieducator.org/Exemplary_Collection_of_Open_eLearning_Content_Repositories - some of which are recommended in the guidelines for this week in OLDS MOOC.

Open Educational Resorces Infokit - It povides a list of repositories - https://openeducationalresources.pbworks.com/w/page/27045418/Finding OERs  

OER Dynamic search - It povides a list of repositories - http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/OER+Dynamic+Search+Engine  

I would suggest other repositories that are public domain, such as: 

Pictures:

www.publicdomainpictures.net

www.public-domain-photos.com

http://publicdomainreview.org/films 

Video 

Internet Archive UNESCO - http://archive.org

The Open Video Project - www.open-video.org/index.php 

Music

Petrucci Music Library - http://www.imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page 

British library sounds - http://sounds.bl.uk/ 

Free Play Music - http://freeplaymusic.com (http://vimeo.com/21377354 )

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Marion Manton
8:59am 19 February 2013


Thanks for sharing Ida, I think it is definitely true that looking for very specific things can be frustrating, of then the most efficient way to work with OER is to keep a record of good things you find when you come across them and then use them when you have a need.  The biggest single thing I use are images.

Ida Brandão
12:31pm 19 February 2013


Dear Marion,

I also keep a bank of images of my own on my computer and use many thematic aggregators (livebinders, pinterest, vidque, etc). As for presentations I use PREZI and sometimes I have embeded stuff that I may look for later on.

I must confess that if I find something interesting (in spite of copyright) I use it with the respective source identification, namely for sharing with others. It depends on the context we use. I may be more careful in specific situations

I think that many repositories have no efficient search engines and we risk to waste much time looking for things that may be not worth the effort.

What I find most frustrating in some repositories is to introduce specific terms for the search and get results that have no relation with what I'm searching. 

 

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