Welcome! In this facilitated online training, participants will learn about the benefits of Open Educational Resources (OERs) as replacements for commercial textbooks and other course materials. OERs have special licenses attached that allow them to be revised, remixed, reused, retained, and redistributed, offering flexibility to instructors to customize materials for their courses. The ability to localize OERs offers a unique opportunity to increase student engagement with course content. By the end of the workshop, participants will gain the knowledge and understanding of this global educational movement.
Note: Zoom meeting details will be sent to participants via email.
At-home readings, videos, discussion posts, and other activities will be assigned and are to be completed before each session. The synchronous sessions will consist of brief presentations, guided discussions, and small group activities.
Attendance at the synchronous sessions is required. Sessions will not be recorded.
A final deliverable in the form of an action plan proposal will be due by June 4, 2021.
Define open education, including its core benefits, challenges, and potential
Define open educational resources (OER) and explain the functions of the 5Rs
Understand copyright and fair use
Distinguish between openly licensed, public domain, and copyrighted materials
Define Textbook Cost $0 (TXT0) and understand when and how to add this designation to a class
Know where to find OER repositories and understand the differences between them
Find and evaluate relevant OERs using a set of criteria
Understand the difference between adaptation and remixing of Creative Commons (CC) licensed works
Create a proper attribution when reusing CC-licensed works
Add a CC license to an original, adapted, or remixed work
Identify open and no-cost copyrighted resources to use in teaching
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"Textbooks are too expensive, and have been for a very long time. Little competition in the college publishing industry- and therefore little consumer choice – has contributed to the cost of course materials increasing at three times the rate of inflation since the 1970s. While the curve has plateaued the past couple of years, there has been little change in student experience. Students have continued to skip buying assigned course materials due to cost at similar rates." Continue reading
The Hewlett Foundation defines it as
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge.
UNESCO defines it this way
Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt, and re-share them.
As you will soon learn, the key characteristic of OERs is openness. "Open" means a lot of things depending on the context in which the term is used. For this workshop, the "Open" in Open Educational Resources refers to the set of permissions attached to content by the author or creator that gives others the right to use it without seeking permission to do so. The concept of sharing is at the core of OER, and an understanding of the system developed for sharing is one of the main objectives of this workshop.
"Open education is really about intent. The philosophy of openness is about sharing. It's about collaboration. It's about transparency and accountability." - Jhangiani
"Interview with Rajiv Jhangiani on 'Enhancing Pedagogy via Open Educational Practices' " is by the McPherson Institute.
Select one of the questions below and post your response to the Slack go-open-go-free #2-reading-response channel
Digital Texts in the Time of COVID: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2020 by Julia E. Seaman and Jeff Seaman of Bay View Analytics
It's Time for Open Educational Resources by Roy Schroeder and published by Inside Higher Ed
Introduction to Open by Robert Biswas-Diener & Rajiv Jhangiani. A brief chapter from Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science.
The Battle for Open by Martin Weller. A history of the Open Movement.
Watch these videos to review copyright and CC licenses.
Padlet: Sorting Resources By Usage Rights (http://go.hawaii.edu/ffP)
We will reveal the usage rights at session 2.
Question: What does good stewardship of OER mean to you?
Post your response to the Slack Why OER? #3-reading-response channel.
Watch this video to review combining licenses.
Combining Licenses Scenarios (http://go.hawaii.edu/RJP)
After watching the video above, try scenario questions 1-5. We will review these in session 3.
Note: You may refer to session 2 presentation slides 10-13 for scenarios 1 and 2.
To learn more about Open Pedagogy and open pedagogical practices, read the two blog posts by David Wiley, the founder of the OER movement, in which he defines Open Pedagogy and promotes renewable assessments (assignments) over disposable versions. Additional book chapters and articles are also provided.
What is Open Pedagogy by David Wiley
Toward Renewable Assessments by David Wiley
Open Pedagogy (from The OER Starter Kit) by Abbey Elder
How do faculty benefit from renewable assignments? by George Veletsianos
Make a copy of the Action Plan Template (http://go.hawaii.edu/DJP) to use for your final deliverable.
For session 3 on Wednesday, 5/26, work on the Action Plan sections #1-3.
Consider the following selected OER repositories and collections to begin your search:
What? So What? Now What?
Action Plan Template (http://go.hawaii.edu/DJP)
Please submit your Action Plan by sharing your Google Doc with the facilitators:
Please provide "Commenter" access if you would like feedback.
Please take a few minutes to complete our survey. Your feedback is important to us!
Do you have any more questions? Please feel free to contact us and your OER campus lead.
Workshop Website: https://guides.leeward.hawaii.edu/OER2021