A LangOER workshop has been organised at the eTwinning conference on 22-24 October in Brussels. eTwinning is the community for schools in Europe and offers a free and safe platform for teachers to connect, develop collaborative projects and share ideas. More than 500 teachers, school heads and educators from 41 countries in Europe and beyond got together in the eTwinning conference with fifty-five workshops, a wide range of networking activities and two keynote speeches to explore how eTwinning has contributed to changing education in Europe.
Should education be about sharing? How open is your school? Do you have any experience in sharing educational resources? What is the attitude in your country/culture/school to sharing material? Ania Skowron (Jan Dlugosz University) introduced the topic of OER (Open Educational Resources) by asking these challenging questions to the participants.
After discussing different approaches, ranging from “I like sharing my own material because I want to help other teachers”, or, “I don’t like sharing because I am I afraid that my work won’t be appreciated”, Ania talked about the importance of being aware of the openness of educational resources and gave a definition for Open Educational Resources (according to the Paris Declaration).
Different levels of openness:
- just reuse
- reuse and redistribute
- reuse, revise, remix, redistribute (4 R of openness)
Difference between open and free resources:
- Open doesn’t always mean free!
- Something can be free but not open (you might just be able to copy).
- The ideal solution is when open equals free.
Ania also guided us through these two concepts: All rights reserved = copyright protected (you cannot use it). Public domain = Complete opposite of all rights reserved (you can use the resource without authoring).
Through concrete examples and fun quiz activities, we learnt how to distinguish between different types of licenses (Creative Commons). If you are still lost among which license to choose.. there’s a wonderful tool to help you: “Choose your license“.
How to be sure to find resources that are openly licensed and you can use? On Google you can go to tools and advanced search and select the usage rights -> free to use, share, modify and commercial purpose. If you look for videos, again you can run an advance search on youtube or vimeo, and if you are searching for images flickr, pixabay, openphoto are among the best tools.
The LangOER project has been working to provide teachers with training and tools on how to be able use and create OER in their languages. A booklet for teachers will soon be released. Learn more about LangOER: http://langoer.eun.org
View Ania’s presentation and all related tools she used: http://padlet.com/ankaskowron/brussels