Teaching and Learning Resources Portal/Distance Technologies/OER

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TRU Open Ed Resources, Pt.1--Terry Anderson 1. Open Scholars

-want to create persistent resources--still available after course end date

-Open Data Commons: NSERC, SSHRC grants require researchers to post data here

--Institutional Repository

--if it's not licensed, it's not open: license publications at Creative Commons. This doesn't mean you're giving up copyright. "Attribution" is the "gold standard" of OERs.

2. Open Access Journals are still peer-reviewed -they're going to depend on SSHRC (or other gov't funding)--but less of it. Then the resources will be used by more people.

-Directory of Open Access Journals

-you can't copyright an idea

copyright has restricted scientific development; patents would be more the issue now (my idea--drugs).


BC Campus Open Textbook

openstaxcollege.org/books oercommons.org


onlinebooks (u penn)

Creative Commons

Google Advanced Search

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching


Khan Academy

4. Open Educational Practice -developing and applying open/public reaches and teaching, research and service practice -how do you implement oERs? select, reuse, evaluate

-in BC, there's an Open Textbook Initiative: BC Campus Open Ed

saylor.org "free education"--Saylor University

TRU Open Ed Resources Pt.2—Ron McGivern

--open access is part of our TRU Strategic Priorities

-open learning educational credit bank

-TRU Provost Fellow in Teaching and Learning: Melissa Jakubec

-open and flexible learning environments-e.g. Major in Criminology is Blended—contains some required OL courses—for budget reasons

-open access is required, as well as laddering so if people leave early they get a credential, aren’t just a ‘drop out’: exit and entry points

-OL mandate is to seek OER path first in curriculum development

Open Ed Resource universitas: Collaboration & Transformation Irwin DeVries

OERu=a global partnership, no longer using the word "university" -committed to free courses & programs based on OERs: content is free, but feedback and support is not. It would be offered on a "fee for service" model that would cost less than usual tuition (why?)

-OERu located on WikiEducator. Here, whole course can be turned into a PDF and printed out if necessary.

-OERu's goal is to move away from relying PLAR for accreditation; the courses will be preapproved and then student will prove competency through an exam. "PLAR doesn't scale well."

-goal is to expand student body--students that wouldn't be taking courses otherwise

-"unbundles" local education--teacher, content, student don't have to be in the same place (?)

-Open design and development: -involves using OER AND making OER -encourages greater collaboration among faculty

-4R's: reuse, redistribute, revise, remix--& #5: retain

-OE practices -Google Hangout

Rajiv Jhangiani, PhD

Open textbooks

-RJ was inspired by David Wylie's talk on open textbooks at last years OL workshop

-cost of textbooks has increased by 812% over 30 years!!! -60%+ of students have decided against buy the textbook

Open Pedagogy: Wikipedia initiative -"disposable assignments"=? time sinks -"valuable assignments"=locate articles in Wikipedia, update & revise them, add citations and more balanced research. Fixing the problem of Wikipedia rather than railing against it

-instead of a 10 page term paper that takes a long time to grade (although the feedback may not be read by students), students can do something "real": e.g. add biographical entries to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Creating something useful.


Advantages of using open textbooks: -students save $ -greater access and convenience for students -instructors can adapt, update, & remix the source: increase of academic freedom -better student performance & retention -institutional advantages: easier to market courses and recruit students -for practitioners of "open pedagogy" (i.e. someone who shares materials with colleagues), open textbooks allow you to live more closely in concert with your values

Practical suggestions: -read the book reviews -the texts can be edited in Word, but Pressbooks is better: Pressbooks is a flexible tool, document can be converted into any format -you can delete cahpters or add/remove sections -embed assignments & pedagogical goals=the equivalent of OL "course units" would be blended into the open textbook -embed multimedia--bring textbook to life -students will need to be guided in how to use the open textbook -collect student feedback