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OER Handbook for Educators 1.0

OER Handbook for Educators 1.0
In this handbook Welcome to the world of Open Educational Resources (OER). This handbook is designed to help educators find, use, develop and share OER to enhance their effectiveness online and in the classroom. Although no prior knowledge of OER[1] is required, some experience using a computer and browsing the Internet will be helpful. For example, it is preferable that you have experience using a word processor (e.g. Open Office[2] or Microsoft Word) and basic media production software, such as an image editor (e.g. The handbook works best when there is some sort of OER you would like to create or make available to others, but it is also useful for the curious reader. There are several ways to use this handbook, including: You are not expected to be an instructional designer or media production expert to use this book. What this handbook does not cover OER is a broad topic and it would be difficult, if not impossible, to cover it comprehensively. Notes Introduction Find OER Compose OER Related:  OER

University of Michigan | Open.Michigan A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) Description This Guide comprises three sections. The first – a summary of the key issues – is presented in the form of a set of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’. Its purpose is to provide readers with a quick and user-friendly introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and some of the key issues to think about when exploring how to use OER most effectively. The second section is a more comprehensive analysis of these issues, presented in the form of a traditional research paper. For those who have a deeper interest in OER, this section will assist with making the case for OER more substantively. The third section is a set of appendices, containing more detailed information about specific areas of relevance to OER. Prepared by Neil Butcherfor the Commonwealth of Learning & UNESCOEdited by Asha Kanwar (COL) and Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić (UNESCO) A higher-resolution print version is also available from COL. Reader Comments

The OER Workshop at #eLi3! Teachers Guide to The 21st Century Learning Model : Connected Learning In the last Digital and Learning Conference that took place in San Francisco, researchers and scholars cited an ever-widening gap between what they considered in-school learning and out-of-school learning. The abyss between the two types of learning is growing wider and wider as more and more students are having free unlimited access to all kinds of information online. For them school curricula are boring as they teach things that are not immediately related to their everyday lives. This is why disengagement, short attention span, and lack of motivation are among the most alarmingly challenging issues confronting every teacher today. Researchers in Digital Media and Learning Conference stressed upon the fact that for learning to be effective, it definitely needs to be " interest-driven and reinforced in the different contexts of kids lives by parents, educators, and knowledgeable peers." The Essence of Connected Learning from DML Research Hub on Vimeo. Features of Connected Learning

80 Resources for Open Education Developers Many Open Education Resources (OER) have been introduced by governments, universities, and individuals within the past few years. OERs provide teaching and learning materials that are freely available and offered online for anyone to use. Whether you’re an instructor, student, or self-learner, you have access to full courses, modules, syllabi, lectures, assignments, quizzes, activities, games, simulations, and tools to create these components. While some OERs include OpenCourseWare (OCW) or other educational materials, they may also offer the means to alter those courses through editing, adding to those courses through publication, and the ability to shape the tools that share those resources. Additionally, they may maintain forums or other platforms where individuals can collaborate on building educational tools and documentation and the reach for those materials. This list is not all-inclusive, as resources that offer limited collaboration were excluded.

OER Commons Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement. This model is based on evidence that the most resilient, adaptive, and effective learning involves individual interest as well as social support to overcome adversity and provide recognition. This report investigates how we can use new media to foster the growth and sustenance of environments that support connected learning in a broad-based and equitable way. To join the Connected Learning Google + Community, click here.

/chapter: About-This-Book / Open Education Handbook 2014 "Open Education" is a topic which has become increasingly popular in a variety of contexts. This handbook has been written to provide a useful point of reference for readers with a range of different roles and interests who are interested in learning more about the concept of Open Education and to help them deal with a variety of practical situations. As a "living" online document, we hope that it will continue to evolve, reflecting cutting edge research and innovation in this area and helping educational communities to come to an improved understanding of the value of open. When the process of writing this book first started, the original intention was only to cover open data use in education. We have been guided by the idea that the handbook will continue to grow and evolve through involvment with the learning communities it is intended to support. During the course of writing the handbook many organisations and individuals related to The Open Education Working Group have contributed.