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Transcript of OER

Find & Review
How do you find OERs?
You'll need to sort through millions of results
What is ?
Creative Commons (CC) operates under the principle idea that everyone should be able to share, use, remix, and reproduce various types of sources for educational and non-educational purposes with no cost to them.
What do I need to do to use this content?
Most content is free to use; the only requirement is that you cite it.
Conditions under the Creative Commons license
ABO Blood Typing - Medical College of Ohio
Interactive Simulations
Humanities 2 - Antebellum America to The Great Migration
[Parkway Academy of Technology & Health (PATH), Boston, via OER Commons]
Middle School Physical Science Concepts - CK-12 Flexbook
Unit Exam, Romeo and Juliet and Drama - Curriki
Entire Courses
Introduction to Music Theory - Connexions
Plate Tectonics - PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado at Boulder
The Spanish Present Subjunctive Verb Tense - Connexions
Great Barrier Reef - Google World Wonders Project
Video & Audio Lectures
Interactive Games
Calculation Nation - Illuminations (NCTM)
You want to integrate multimedia into your course but don't have the time or the know-how to create it
You're asked to - or you want to - develop a new course, or new unit for an existing course.
"...any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. The term can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content; simulations, games, and other applications; syllabi, quizzes, and assessment tools; and virtually any other educational material."
What is an OER?
Why would you use an OER?
Fill the gaps in student readiness, or challenge more advanced students
Remember, they are - by definition - free, or nearly so.

Can you think of any other reasons why you might use OER?

[Take a few minutes and think/talk about it.]
And in partial response to the second problem: OER Repositories
Many more on handout and John Hardy's SWIFT site.
Let's do a search and browse!
Graphic Simulations
Find three pieces of content you might use in a class.

Try to find a different media type for each piece - e.g., video, interactive, PDF, images, audio.

Use one or multiple repositories.

Share out what you found, why you chose it and how you cited it.
Now it's your turn!
And the ultimate goal . . .
Create and share your own work!
Old way = get permission from author
New way = authors assign certain permissions to everyone
Objective 1: Participants will be able to define open educational resources and identify situations when they could be used.
Objective 2: Participants will know how to perform a search for open educational content and retrieve resources they could use in their instruction.
Objective 3: Participants will be able to evaluate the quality and appropriateness of specific open educational content for their instruction.
Objective 4: Participants will produce correct citations using Creative Commons licenses.
Take 5 minutes and explore OER Commons (www.oercommons.org). Using the Advanced Search feature, locate 1 item you find interesting and report back to the group.
No derivatives
So how do I aggregate OER materials and make them available to my students?
SWIFT page(s)
Electronically shared files (.doc, .ppt, .pub, etc.)
Open Author (OER Commons tool)
Various web tools:
Diigo group (www.diigo.com)
edcanvas (www.edcanvas.com)
Edmodo (www.edmodo.com)
myLinkCloud (www.mylinkcloud.com)
When working with OER materials in this context, district policies around instructional materials approval and adoptions (i.e., DIMC) come into play.
Couple problems, however -
In response to the first problem:
How do you know what content is good?
On the other hand . . .
Let's see what David Wiley has to say about that:
CC's 4 Rs:
Reuse - copy verbatim
Revise - adapt & edit
Remix - combine with other OER
Redistribute - share with others
Rubrics for Evaluating Open Education Resource (OER) Objects
The following rubrics are included:
Rubric I. Degree of Alignment to Standards
Rubric II. Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter
Rubric III. Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching
Rubric IV. Quality of Assessment
Rubric V. Quality of Technological Interactivity
Rubric VI. Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises
Rubric VII. Opportunities for Deeper Learning
Rubric VIII. Assurance of Accessibility
OER Evaluation Training Videos
Achieve is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship.
"Creative Commons is the air that the OER (Open Educational Resources) movement breathes. It is the legal enabler that eases the complexities of intellectual property in education, helping us move from a restrictive culture to a free culture."
Wayne Mackintosh, founder Wikieducator
iTunes U K-12
“At the heart of the movement towards Open Educational Resources is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse it.”

Smith, M.S. and Casserly, C.M. 2006. The promise of Open Educational Resources. Change, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 8-17

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