Are you aware of any OER in your discipline? If not, time to explore and consider using Open Education Resources (OER) with your students. According to a new study, many faculty are still not aware of any OER. “Open educational resources could make up 12 percent of the market for textbooks and other course materials and 19 percent of supplemental materials within five years, according to a survey of OER users, traditional textbook users and industry experts conducted by Cengage Learning. ”
Let’s see what’s available! Please review other resources on OER I have in Diigo.
I hope you have a chance to explore other OER publications I have on my diigo collection. This article states that educators did not fully embrace the OER concept and often are not even aware of them.
Only 6.6 percent of faculty members are “very aware” of open educational resources, a survey found, and many say they can’t locate such materials in their disciplines, although their use in introductory courses is on the rise. Are you among the 6.6?
Read the full report here.
iNACOL published a comprehensive overview of OER and governmental initiatives in this area. More here. As NU is in the process of building its repository, there is something to look into to get best practices and approaches.
We might keep this in mind when creating video resources for our students.
“Animated flashcards and sub-two-minute videos turn out to be the most effective online resources for K-12 against all other common options. That’s the finding determined by OpenEd, which recently studied the data generated from the results of assessments given to students who used its free online resources for educational purposes.” See more here.
2 min videos.
How are you doing it? This article suggests this approach: copy and paste a learning objective from a particular course into a simple form. The text of the objective is automatically fed into a Web service that extracts key phrases and uses them as search terms in several OER repositories, and the results are displayed in a ranked order.
“OpenStax College, the Rice University-based publisher of free, peer-reviewed textbooks, has partnered with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Press to produce a new introductory microbiology textbook.” Should become available for free online in Spring 2016. More here.
Attention, SST and SEng! Browse the MIT OpenCourseWare site at the new OCW Online Textbooks page and use as appropriate.
Tens of thousands of lecture notes, assignments, exams and other documents.
In my previous post I mentioned several Open Educational (OER) Resources. There are more available now. Please review and see what might be applicable for your courses and student self-study. All resources are free.