OER: Day Four
Submitted by Susan K. Cowles on May 14, 2014 - 11:21pm
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Posted on behalf of the AIR/OER team
Welcome to Day 4 of From Inquiry to Practice: A Guided Exploration of OERs in Adult Education. Determining if a resource is an OER or not can be tricky if you don’t have much experience doing so. If you recall from the Day 1 discussion, there are many resources available for classroom use that are free, but not open. As mentioned previously, free resources are valuable, and we are not suggesting that you do not use them. We are encouraging you to learn about, use, and create OER in addition to the other resources you already use. The greatest value in resources that are open is that open resources allow users to remix and revise the content (see Tuesday’s discussion). This provides the opportunity for users to take a great resource and modify it to match student needs and instructional objectives. Today, we would like you to explore a few resources and determine for yourself whether the material is open. First, watch this short video for tips on how to determine if a resource is open. If you are unable to access the video, click here for the PowerPoint. Then, follow at least two of the following links and respond to the discussion questions below (please be sure to reference the resource you are writing about in your post). If you are curious about another resource you have found or have used, you are welcome to share it, include your responses to the questions below, and we will do our best to comment to each posting.
- Open this link and review material on the page:
- Open the link below and click on the first video: CC.8.EE.4 - Work with radicals and integer exponent:. http://secc.sedl.org/common_core_videos/grade.php?grade=8&category=Mathematics
- Review this glossary: http://www.coerll.utexas.edu/coerll/coerll_glossary
- Review this lesson: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/adulted/lessons/lesson58.html
Questions for each resource that you select and review from the list above:
Is this resource open?
How do you know?
If you determine that a resource is not open, what value would be added if it were open?