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Week 6: Curate

14 - 20 February 

Twitter hashtag: #oldsmooc_w6

This week introduces the principle of the open licensing of online content and the relevance of Open Educational Resources (OER) to curriculum and learning design. We will investigate methods of finding and identifying OER, how they differ from the mass of online content as well as the many ways they can be incorporated into learning designs. There will be opportunities to share and critique OER you find as well as the option to create and upload your own OER and to 'remix' OER created by others. This week will be led by
David White and Marion Manton from the Department for Continuing Education and Joanna Wild from Academic IT Services Group (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Oxford.

(This week can also be found in Cloudworks, the Open University platform where    most of the interaction will take place)                                                                http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdesham/2432400623/

Learning outcomes
  • Understand what open licensing and OER are.
  • Identify open licensed materials and the some places to find them.
  • Analyse the role that OER can play in your designs, and the implications of using OER as an on going practice.
  • Communicate the pros and cons of incorporating and/ or producing OER.
  • Produce or remix OER in the context of your own design project.

Thursday activities  

1. Begin by watching our introduction video (4 mins) and then the introduction to OER (4 mins). (download the video transcript)

Introduction to week 6


OER Overview

2. To make sure you understand the basics watch videos “What are OER and Open licensing?” and “How to find and use OER

What are OER?


How to find and use OER


Additional resources:

You may also find the information on IPR, copyright, licensing, OER and attribution in the linked document useful. 

OER 'toolkit' from 'JISC'/Higher Education Academy
Useful tools/platforms for Creating, Finding and Storing OER from the 'SCORE' project at the Open University

3. TASK Seek and Deploy”:  Now we want you to see if you can find any OER for your design.  You will find plenty of places to start looking in the document Finding online resources: help and guidance for tutors, as well as the SCORE Finding OER already mentioned.  If you are working alone or in a  group on a design which has been building up throughout the course, each see if you can discover an OER which can be used in the Design and create a cloud with a link + brief description and add it to the  Seek and Deploy” Cloudscape in Cloudworks.  (90 mins)

Friday activities            

4. Write blog post or add your reflections to the Seek and Deploy cloudscape, focussing on the process of identifying and finding OER and how you intend to incorporate it into your design. (40 mins)

5. Optionally engage in the academic debate on OER use by watching  the full video on OER reuse http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2011/08/31/disappearing-digital-resources/ (20mins), or reading the report, OER: The Value Of Reuse In Higher Education and the OER engagement ladder report.

Weekend activities

6. TASK "Prepare to launch" As you will already know from the Seek and deploy task that it can be hard to find an OER that you are happy to use unchanged.  As a result you may want to adapt an OER you have found (check it does not have an ND license) or openly license some content of your own.  If you are thinking of the latter do watch the short video "Why release your content as OER" (6mins) and also review the SCORE Creating resource.(60 mins+)

Why Release OER


If you have any outstanding questions about licensing and copyright, then do look at the resource set created by the OER IPR Support project, you may want to begin with the Starter pack, but there is lots more to explore if you ware interested.

In either case share your new or modified OER in the Prepare to launch Cloudscape in Cloudworks, and if you want to share them through a repository such as JORUM, or explore other options for Storing OER.

7. Reflect on this experience in a blog post or by joining the discussion on the Prepare to launch Cloudscape. (40 mins)

Monday activities

8. By undertaking the activities this week you have been engaging in open educational practices - you may want to read more about what these are in the Open practices briefing produced by JISC.  Start to think about how these relate to your current practice and whether you think you will work more openly in future as we will be discussing this topic tomorrow in our final synchronous event. (30 mins)

9. Optionally review at least two pieces of OER provided by other course participants in the Prepare to launch Cloudscape.

Tuesday activities

10. Synchronous Event: "Take off?" (which will be a Google Hangout On Air), we would like to use this session to allow you to reflect on your experience of working with OER this week and to take this forward into a wider discussion of this experience of open practices, to see if participants can answer the question "What do open practices mean for my work?". The session will be in the form of a panel discussion with plenty of time for questions/debate. We will embed the 'On Air' live video of the Hangout at 11.40am GMT for a 12 noon start (see the Time Zone converter if you are outside GMT).  You can participate in discussion via Twitter (using the hashtag #oldsmooc_conv) or via the discussion forum. (60 mins)

Wednesday activities
11. If you want to reflect on the week, write a short reflective blog post on the experience or add your reflective account of week 6 to the Take off? Cloudscape  (40 mins).  Lastly  can also give the course team and facilitators feedback using the course feedback form.