OER: Day Three
Submitted by Susan K. Cowles on May 13, 2014 - 9:55pm
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Posted on behalf of the AIR/OER team
Welcome to Day 3 of From Inquiry to Practice: A Guided Exploration of OERs in Adult Education. Searching the internet for material can often times be overwhelming and time consuming. So, the question becomes, how do I find the right OER? How do I navigate the enormity of the internet’s resources? Using search techniques can support this effort. Watch the brief video about how to use some techniques then respond to the prompts below.
- Are there other ways that you search for OER to use in the classroom? Please share any links to resources or tips for effective searching.
- Where do you go to find OER? Share resources including websites, repositories, and the like. And if you have not used OER yet, what sites are you curious about and want to know if resources there are OER?
- Many of the resources you will find are identified as appropriate for K-12 learners. We encourage you to consider using them if they are an OER, because they can be revised or remixed into adult-appropriate resources.
- There are some sites that already include adult education-specific resources (Merlot) or allow for tagging as adult education (OER Commons). Have you tried these? How might you add the adult education voice to an existing repository that doesn’t yet include it?
As you begin to expand your knowledge of OER, inevitably, the question will surface about how to know if the OER is the right fit for your class and how to find the best OER for your purposes. When considering how to use OER for instruction, one of the most important things to remember is that the OER should support your instructional goals. OER are added to lessons based on student learning needs and lesson objectives, not just for the sake of adding new technology.
When planning to include an OER, think about the following:
- What is your teaching/learning objective?
- What do you want students to learn or be able to do?
- Where could a resource help complement the content/skill being taught?
- How and where will the OER fit within your lesson plan?
As with any other new resource, you will want to try the OER, evaluate it, and try the OER again. Students can provide valuable feedback on the OER too, so consider how you can gather their input.