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This week, your goal is to participate in one of the two OER projects below. The purpose of doing so is to expand your knowledge of the OER movement and take a part in contributing to the these projects efforts (ensuring the access and quality of OER).

To be successful this week, you should
  1. Read the descriptions of both projects below, and visit their websites to learn more.
  2. Choose which project you want to participate in (or participate in both).
  3. Complete the Project Activity provided below for the project you choose.
  4. Using Twitter (#LOER12,), your blog, or another communication tool, share the results of your project participation.

OER Project: Mapping OER Around the World

The World Bank EduTech blog provides advice on tracking open educational resources (OER) around the globe, advising readers on good starting points, such as UNESCO and Creative Commons, as well as additional resource links, including the Commonwealth of Learning and the Hewlett Foundation. A project of mapping OER initiatives is one of the main activities of the UNESCO/COL Chair in OER at Athabasca University in Canada. The UNESCO Chair at the Open Universiteit of the Netherlands and a collective network of partner institutions and organizations work together. Over the past decade a global OER movement has emerged with more and more initiatives in more and more countries.

A challenge
The very success of the OER movement and its growth over the last decade has made it difficult to have a comprehensive overview of the various initiatives in institutions, countries and regions. Sometimes it is even hard to know who is doing what in one's own environment. So, the UNESCO chair is considering two main questions:
  1. Would a world map to visualize the global OER landscape be useful?
  2. Could the OER community work in collaboration to design, build and maintain such a map?

A sample map was developed with Google map and with data and generous help from the Open CourseWare Consortium (OCWC). OCWC has an international membership and it made a good data set for the purpose of creating an example. Explore the "simple sample" maps at http://oerworldmap.oerknowledgecloud.org/ and http://www.openaccessmap.org/

Project Activity

Using information found on the Resources page, select a repository of open educational resources that might be useful to you. Peruse the links or do a Google search for the kind of resources you might need. You can use the Open CourseWare Finderto search in your teaching discipline. Check the two sample maps linked above. Is your selected OER on the map? If not, please provide as much as you can of the the following info via your blog,Twitter (#LOER12,), the sharing area, or email to FacultyeCommons@AcademicPartnerships.com.

1. OER_initative
2. Initiative_Description
3. Initiative_website
4. Initiative_email
5. Initiative_Scope: (G)lobal, (R)egional, (N)ational, (I)nstitutional, (P)ersonal
6. Initiative_type: (C)ommunity of Practice, (R)epository
7. License (for more information on Creative Commons licensing, check out the first video provided in Week 2)

OER Project: OPAL

The “Open Educational Quality Initiative” (OPAL) is an international network to promote innovation and improved quality in education and training through the use of open educational resources. OPAL has been established through international organizations including UNESCO, ICDE and EFQUEL in order to establish a forum which works to build greater trust in using and promoting open educational resources. The project is part funded by the European Commission Education and Training Lifelong Learning Programme.

Project Activity

  1. Go to the OPAL Guidelines page.
  2. Read the Guideline questions, and choose 1-3 you'd like to respond to.
  3. Respond to the questions in the discussion thread at the bottom of the Guidelines page and on your blog or chosen communication tool.
  4. Share your responses, or links to your responses, via Twitter (#LOER12,).

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conole.jpgDesigning for Learning in an Open World by Gráinne Conole provides specific information and research for acquiring the requisite skills to both design and support learning opportunities that harness the potential of available technologies. Further, the book proposes new, innovative learning pathways, created to empower learners to blend formal educational offerings with free resources and services. The new approach and new pathways suggested by the author force readers to rethink the entire instructional design process, enabling both teachers and learners to take into account a blended learning context, now the norm in our modern educational environment. Preview the book on Google Books

Peer2Peer University School of Open - See the Modules Teach Someone Something with Open Content and Teach Someone Something with Open Content 2.

Open Learning Guide - See pages 7-14 for related content.

One way to evaluate an OER is to use the 21st Century Information Fluency Evaluation Wizard. Find out more about this tool on the project home page.