Upcoming webinars: From OER for career development and personalized learning to OER licensing

On the 25th of March, the first webinar took place for the LangOER webinar series designed for teachers of the Network of Schools, however the webinar series are open to anyone having an interest in this topic. During the webinar, Marit Bijlsma gave a first introduction into the topic of OER, providing a basis for the other upcoming webinars.

The presentation of the webinar can be found on: http://fr.slideshare.net/LangOER/23032015webinar-inosfinal


A summary of the topics covered in the first webinar:

What are OER?

The most popular definition of OER is that by UNESCO (2002)

‘The open provision of educational resources, enabled by information and communication technologies, for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes (UNESCO, 2002)”. This is the definition we also use in the LangOER project.

Open resources are often collected in databases called repositories in which they are categorized, grouped by subject, level or format and easily searchable. Some repositories are user-created (users can submit their own content) whereas others offer only approved content.

What does “openness” in educational material actually mean?

Openness is a very broad term which can embrace various meanings and which exists on different levels.

Perhaps the most popular distinction is that made by David Wiley (2007), in which he suggests the following dimensions of openness:

  • Reusing – (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)having the right to use the original content in a wide range of ways and contexts 
  • Revising having the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language or improve it)
  • Remixinghaving the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  • Redistributing having the right to make and share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend).
  • Retainingthe right to make, own, and control copies of the content

How to find free images and other media on the web?

  • Strategy 1: Use a dedicated search engine which filters the web content for licensed materials. The best example here is a Creative Commons search engine . Creative Commons search engine offers convenient access to databases of services offering multimodal content.
  • Strategy 2: Use advanced search preferences in the Google (or other)  search engine. When searching for images, click Search Tools and choose the License tab. Then select the type of license you need.
  • Strategy 3: Use one of the dedicated repositories of images or other media.
  • Strategy 4: Use http://open4us.org/find-oer/

Upcoming webinars: Announcement Online Webinars OER

  • 2nd of April (14:00-14:45 CET): Ebba Ossiannilsson (Lund University), Benefits and challenges of OER
  • 15th of April (14:00-14:45 CET): Robert Schuwer (Fontys University of Higher Education), Step-by-step approach in applying and using OER
  • 23rd of April (14:00-14:45 CET): Lisette Kalshoven (Creative Commons Netherlands / Kennisland), Licensing and OER
  • 13th of May (17:00-17:45 CET): European Schoolnet,  ‘Travel Well’ resources and the Learning Resource Exchange

Registration:  send your name / affiliation (e.g. school or organization) to Mercator@fryske-akademy.nl.

More Information:

The participants joining the webinar, have the chance to win a € 1.000 award to be spend on technical equipment. Each webinar will give the participant a task / question. Curious about the first task? Participants were asked to post at least two different types of CC-licensed material on www.padlet.com This is a great wall to share resources with your colleagues, or students for example!

The series of five webinars (25 March-13 May 2015) are part of the activities of the EC-funded project LangOER.




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