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Blended course on “OER and their pedagogical value” in Greece

By Katerina Zourou, Director of Web2Learn and LangOER project manager.

The blended course on the topic of “OER and their pedagogical value” was held in Thessaloniki, Greece from May 15 to June 30 2015. Designed as a distance training course in combination with a 2-day intensive face-to-face workshop, it brought together 40 educators, 32 of whom completed all components of the course.

Prior to its start, the course was advertised widely, through the poster and announcement circulated through networks of teachers in Greece. The candidates were selected based on 1) their profile (educators working in the public sector), 2) their prior participation in level A (mandatory) and level B (optional) levels of certification on ICT by the Greek Ministry of Education and 3) their willingness to cover their travel and subsistence expenses to the 2-day workshop, as a prerequisite to complete the training cycle. Indeed, participation in the face-to-face workshop was crucial for team building, group work and collaborative learning tasks designed for the purposes of the whole course. The OpenLearning platform was used for the online component of the course, which is available here.

Elina Megalou presenting "Photodentro", the Greek National OER repository

Elina Megalou presenting “Photodentro”, the Greek National OER repository

Thus the structure of the course was as follows:

May 15-30: [online] module 1: introduction

May 30 & 31: face-to-face workshop in Thessaloniki

June 1-7 [online] module 2: reuse and review

June 8-14 [online] module 3: remix

June 15-21 [online] module 4: redistribute

The structure of the online modules followed the structure commonly agreed among LangOER partners who run the same courses in several countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Greece), effectively arranged and coordinated by Gosia Kurek, assisted by Ania Skowron. The content, elaborated by Gosia and Ania for a completely online course in English on the Open Learning platform, was customized for the needs of Greek educators by Ioannis Lefkos and myself.

The face-to-face component of the training was a success, thanks also to the very inspiring talks and presentations by Elina Megalou, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the “Strategy and Digital Educational Content Directorate” at the Computer Technology Institute & Press – Diophantus (CTI)and Sofia Papadimitriou, Ph.D., working at the Educational Television Department of the Greek Ministry of Education. Both presented and ran activities on the Greek repositories of OER (Photodendro), as the planned group work worked very well. The agenda of the face-to-face meeting is available here (in Greek).

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Group activities on day 1

Group work activities were very well received, thanks to the prior preparation by Ioannis, Sofia and myself. One of the most successful activities was inspired by Catherine Cronin’s activity presented here It consisted of small group tasks in which participants were asked to map their open practices on a scale from Low to High, using a colour code (green, blue, yellow and red). The group discussions were vivid and the visualization on paper helped the whole group to better approach the practices developed by other colleagues – I would call it an ice-breaking activity built on OEP!

The trainers (from left to right): Katerina Zourou, Elina Megalou, Sofia Papadimitriou and Ioannis Lefkos

The trainers (from left to right): Katerina Zourou, Elina Megalou, Sofia Papadimitriou and Ioannis Lefkos

Many thanks to the active and engaged group of Greek educators and special thanks to Ioannis, Elina and Sofia for their invaluable help!

 

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Take the opportunity to participate in the upcoming webinar

Open Educational Resources (OER) for less used languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture

What is the future for less used languages online? How can online resources be an effective tool to preserve less used languages? This is the topic that will be discussed in the Webinar Open Educational Resources (OER) for less used languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture: What are the challenges and how will we tackle them?

Time: 19 September 14:00-15:00 (Central European Time)

Access here the recording of the webinar: https://connect.sunet.se/p502lhe6m8f/

Download the poster (pdf)

Speakers:

Kate Borthwick, University of Southampton, UK

KateCoordinator for e-learning at the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS). Experienced developer of online learning materials and an e-tutor. She has a research interest in open educational resources (OER) and managed all of the Centre’s recent projects exploring Open Educational Practice.

 

Anna-Comas Quinn, The Open University, UK

AnnaLecturer in Spanish at the Department of Languages. Leader of LORO, a project to provide free open educational resources for language teaching and learning (http://loro.open.ac.uk). Fellow of SCORE (Support Centre for Open Educational Resources).

 

Sylvi Vigmo, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

SylviTakes a specific interest in interaction, communication and learning in collaborative digital media settings. More specifically this means in-depth explorations of the use of languages in learners’ boundary crossings between contexts in which digital media are used as resources.

 

Chair: Alastair Creelman, Linneus University

AlastairE-learning specialist, business intelligence, project leader. University library / e-Health Institute. Distance/net-based learning, quality in e-learning, open educational resources (OER), MOOCs, social media in education.

 

 

What will you learn from this webinar?

  • The status of OER in less used languages in Europe
  • Some current strategic projects working going on that deal with OER
  • How OER can be used as a resource in teaching and learning of languages

Taking part in a webinar? Have a look at how it works: http://oersverige.se/taking-part-in-a-webinar

 

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Turning point in Estonia, by Alastair Creelman


This week I was invited to Tallinn, Estonia, speak at the annual conference of HITSA (Information Technology Foundation for Education), a national organization for the development of educational technology: initiating, coordinating and facilitating activities and developments in the field of ICT-supported learning in Estonian higher and vocational education. It was held in the impressiveMektory innovation centre of the Tallinn University of Technology and attracted over 200 delegates from schools and universities. My contribution consisted of a keynote speech on the future of MOOCs (MOOCs – from hype to opportunity) and an overview of the development of OER in the Nordic region (Nordic OER) focusing on three projects I am involved in: NordicOEROER Sverige and LangOER. Here is a short summary of my impressions from two intensive days.
Read the full summary on Alastair Creelman’s blog.

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