Open Educational Resources (OER) are a growing area of interest internationally. More and more teachers and school leaders use free educational materials to be shared and reused for teaching, learning, and other purposes.
How can Open Educational Resources enrich your teaching and learning practice? Can they spice up your classes? Where to find OER in your language? Are you curious about how to blend online learning in your own teaching context? All these questions where addressed in a webinar series (March – May 2015) organized by the Mercator Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning. Also a Polish version of the webinars was organized by Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt.
Below you find all the experts who participated in the webinars, with links to their presentations and webinar recordings:
English language version:
- Marit Bijlsma (Fryske Akademy / Mercator Research Centre) – Opening Up Education and an Introduction to OER
What does ‘openness’ in education actually mean? How do I find OER? How can you integrate OER in your teaching practice?
- Ebba Ossiannilsson (Lund University) – Benefits and Challenges in Using OER
Several issues were addressed during this webinar, amongst others: OERs for personalised learning, students perspectives, professional and career development and lifelong learning and quality perspectives for the stakeholders.
- Robert Schuwer (Fontys University of Applied Sciences and chair Special Interest Group Open Education)
Robert Schuwer introduced a ‘roadmap” and a step-by-step approach in using OER in your own context. Participants learned how to determine which learning materials are to be published open, which license to use and how to add metadata to make materials retrievable.
- Maarten Zeinstra (Kennisland and Creative Commons Netherlands) – CC licensing and OER myths
What is copyrights and what are the effects on my material? Where can you find Open Resources?
You can find a recording of the webinar here.
- Elena Schulman (European Schoolnet) – Travell Well Resources and the Learning Resource Exchange
Which resources are well suited for use in multidisciplinary or cross-cultural contexts? Which type of resources are intuitive to use and have a user-friendly interface?
The presentations can be found on Slideshare.
Polish language version:
- Alek Tarkowski- Open Model of Education
Does openness count? What kind of benefits are brought by the open model in teaching? What is missed in this model? In the first webinar dr Alek Tarkowski was introducing a possible scenario of using open model in higher education and science.
- Kamil Śliwowski – Creative Commons Licensing
All of us prepare many educational and promotional materials. We share our work and experience with others but rarely we do it in a way that can guarantee that those materials will be accessible, easy and safe to re-use for other educators or to general public. This is why it’s good to know how open licensing models work and how to use and publish with Creative Commons licenses – for our common good. The webinar about CC licensing aims at bringing together basic knowledge about open copyright models with an experience of how easy and useful it is to use CC in higher education.
- Karolina Grodecka- How to: search for OER in effective way
Have you ever wondered, how make your lectures more engaging for students by showing interesting video without spending hours on making it from scratch? The objective of the third webinar was to achieve necessary skills to search and select OER suited for every participant.
- Karolina Grodecka – Adapt and publish OER. Legal and practical perspectives
One of undoubtable benefits from using OER is a possibility of re-using and remixing them according to one’s purpose. This allows academic teachers to save a lot of time and effort. The objective of the fourth webinar is, therefore, to achieve necessary skills to adapt OER into one’s context and needs, to learn how to localize, use and publish open content in the web. Participants also gained knowledge on the difference between OER use fair use of copyrighted resources.
- Anna Stokowska – Evaluation: pros and cons of OER usage
The last seminar’s aim was to sum up the work that have been done by the participants at home. It was also a chance for them to speak on open education, about their doubts, hopes and discoveries. The moderator showed during this seminar, possible ways of using OER in everyday practice of academic teachers as well as pros and cons of OER usage.