The course on Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices was held in Czestochowa, Poland in April. It was offered in a blended format: two face-to-face workshops were intertwined with the online course held on the OpenLearning platform: Otwarte Zasoby i Praktyki LangOER
The course was announced through various channels using this invitation and teachers who got interested in participating in our course registered through a website dedicated to our training course. The same website was used in the process of product submission.
The online component (Module 1) was made available one week before the first f2f meeting. The teachers who had already registered for the f2f workshop were invited to join the online course and familiarize themselves with the idea of Open Educational Resources.
The face-to-face workshops were organised for two groups of teachers of different subjects and from different educational levels, ranging from kindergarten teachers to academic teachers; from history teachers to physical education teachers. The first face-to-face workshop took place on April 10 (the Friday group) and April 11 (the Saturday group) and was followed by the online component consisting of three modules.
The first face-to-face workshop took place on April 10 (the Friday group) and April 11 (the Saturday group) and was followed by the online component consisting of three modules. The second face-to-face meetings were held on April 24 and April 25.
The first f2f workshop was devoted to the following issues:
- the idea of openness
- what are open educational resources
- examples of OER
- open licences
- finding OER
- working with images and videos
- correct attribution
Discussion about the idea of openness in education
The participants were highly engaged in discussions and were very eager to share their views and experiences.
The second f2f workshop was dedicated mainly to the process of creating the open educational resources and consisted of the following topics:
- Open licenses – revision
- Polish open educational resources repositories – a review
- Hands-on task – creating open educational resources
Participants working hard on creating their own OER
The teachers were assisted by Gosia Kurek and Ania Skowron (the instructors in the course) and managed to start working on their own open educational materials. The completed their work at home and submitted the ready products via this website.
The online component was structured as follows:
- Module 1: “Let’s meet” – the idea of openness in education, open educational resources and open licenses were introduced to the participants; they were taught how to find an openly licensed image. This Module was made available to the teachers a week before the first 2f2 workshop and served as a sort of introduction to the whole course.
- Module 2: “Open Educational Resources” which brought the idea of OER closer to the participating teachers who were invited to introduce themselves
- Module 3: “Our products” in which participants were given a selection of different tools with step-by-step instructions they could use when creating their own OER.
The teachers participating in the training course were very engaged both during the face-to-face meetings and in the online course. Apparently, the topic of Open Educational Resources is of great interest to the teachers who would like to be more aware of the whole idea.