Some of you may know that last term, I completed the Creative Commons certificate. It was an amazing course, and I highly recommend it to everyone. A great example of how to open assignments up so that you are meeting outcomes through a variety of assessment choices (leaving it up to the learners to decide which assessment type is good for them), as well as a great example of using various online technologies to support learners in how they interacted with the course material.
For the certificate, I completed a number of assignments, all of which are available on one of my personal blog sites, but I thought for this final Open Education Week post, I would share my final assignment with you, an online workshop entitled Integrating Creative Commons Material into your Course(s).
I will be working on revising this workshop for delivery at Camosun this spring (as an asynchronous, self-paced workshop), and would invite anyone out there to provide feedback to me. If you have any words of wisdom or suggestions for me, please either comment on this post, or email me at Schudele@camosun.ca.
Thanks for joining me this Open Education Week 2020! I will continue to share posts on Open with you regularly, so please keep visiting!
In this world of sky-rocketing costs for students (textbooks being only one of the many budgetary items facing students), integrating Open Educational Resources (OERs) (and other no-cost resources) into your courses can go a long way towards helping students continue, and succeed in, their studies.
On the Douglas College Library Open Libguide site, you can read about and listen to some of the ways OERs are supporting students.
BCcampus has produced the OER Student Toolkit which outlines ways students can advocate for the adoption of OERs at their institutions.
Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) programs across the world have really begun to make an impact on reducing costs for students. The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources relates some of these Impact Stories told by students in their own words.
Speaking of ZTC, you can learn more about what institutions in BC are doing by visiting the BCcampus ZTC page, or searching for individual institutions’ work, for example, the ZTC impact at Kwantlen Polytechnic.
Finally, for a discussion around the pedagogical impact on students through the use of OER, check out Christina Hendrick’s post Engaging Students with OER.
Want to know more about how creating, adapting, or adopting OER can support your students? Email eLearning Support to arrange to talk to an instructional designer.
Some exciting news from the creative commons (CC) licensed images front. The Smithsonian has announced the launch of Smithsonian Open Access, which has moved 2.8 million digital images into the open.
Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images and Data into the Public Domain Using CC0
Wondering where else you can find CC licensed images to include in your course materials? Start by checking out the Camosun Library Libguide, specifically the section on Open Culture. Here, you will find links to a number of repositories containing images that are either CC licensed or in the Public Domain (PD).
Wiki Commons is one of the places listed, and is a great source for PD and CC images. Just go to Wiki Commons and search for whatever you are looking for. Once you click on am image you are interest in, you can find the licensing information by scrolling down. Look for either the CC licence
Or a PD notice
And here is how you can use Google to filter your searches for CC licensed images: go to Google Advanced Image Search and scroll down to use the “Usage Rights” option to search for copyright-free materials.
Need more ideas and help? Contact one of your friendly Camosun librarians, or contact eLearning Support (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for a consult with an instructional designer.
So, today I thought I would share some resources and stories around how people in different disciplines have been using OERs (Open Educational Resources) to support their students.
First up, a PowerPoint presentation on Creating Content-Based Instructional Materials for English Language Learners, Using Open Educational Resources. from the University of Arizona. You will find some tips on what you need to think about when creating OER, how to search for existing material, as well as links to the resources created by this group.
Next, a story from a Parker Glynn-Adey, an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga. In Math professor engages students with an open educational resource, Glynn-Adey explains the many benefits (not just financial) to students from adopting an open textbook.
In A growing appreciation for open textbooks, Physics professor Michael Chen describes how “what started for him as a way to reduce expenses for students has since turned into an opportunity to create a resource specifically tailored to his teaching situation.”
And finally, here are some brief success stories from faculty and student co-authors at Queen’s University who have developed their own open textbooks.
Want to know more about how you could create and integrate OER into your teaching, or need help finding OER relating to your discipline? Email email@example.com to book an appointment with an eLearning instructional designer.
This week, which is Open Education Week as you will remember from my post last week, I will be posting something from the OEWeek2020 universe every day.
Today, I wanted to share a link to the online webinar Beyond Free: Supporting Social Justice through Open Educational Practices being broadcast from the University of Colorado, Boulder, featuring Rajiv Jhangiani from Kwantlen Polytechnic University here in BC. The livestream begins at 1:00pm PST and it’s free to register!
There are also many other great events going on today around the world, as you can see from the Open Education Week website, and you should make sure to check out #OEWeek2020 on Twitter to find lots of resources to help you in you search for information about Open Educational Resources (OERs), Open Educational Practices (OEP), etc.
I’ll be back tomorrow to share another post or webinar for Open Education Week!