Do you find yourself short on time to create lesson plans and accompanying materials for your students? Would you love to know how to find free materials that someone else has already developed, and that are modifiable to meet your students’ needs? Have you ever found a great resource online that you want to use with your students, but then couldn't find information about copyright so weren't sure whether you could use it or not?
Open educational resources (OERs) can help solve these problems. This workshop teaches you how to easily identify these free resources, which you can then use or adapt to meet your students’ needs.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- Teachers, tutors, and others interested in free teaching materials
This workshop introduces participants to essential information about open educational resources (OERs). It includes key definitions, examples, and reflective activities presented primarily in multimedia format with discussion forums and a quiz. The goal of the course is for teachers and tutors to have a basic understanding of the benefits of using OERs, know where to find them, and how to evaluate their effectiveness.
The online course will run between April 8 and April 26. The facilitator, Diana Satin, and participants will join for a conference call on April 26. The total time for this professional development activity is approximately 6 hours, depending on your pace and style of learning. We estimate the time as follows:
Part 1: Online course: approximately 3 hours
Part 2: Develop a draft lesson: approximately 2 hours
Part 3: Participate in a conference call on 4/26 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: 1 hour
During the course, the following CCR standards will be addressed:
- Writing anchor 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
- Speaking/Listening anchor 2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
- Speaking/Listening anchor 5: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
- Reading anchor 7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
- MP.5: Use appropriate tools strategically.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Describe what open educational resources are and explain how they can benefit your students
- Locate sources and implement search tips for finding OERs that you can use with adult learners
- Identify initial criteria that you can use to evaluate whether an OER would be appropriate to use with your students
- Develop ideas for how OER might be used with your distance education and/or blended learning students