Training, Tutorials & Guides
Get Free College Class Materials Online
Free and in a lab
Time: 10:30 PM - noon 11/05/09 (Thursday)
Location: Library 206
Instructor: Anne Arendt (WRS)
++ ALL ARE WELCOME ++
It will include:
Learn how to get free educational materials online (open access -- no passwords). This includes full courses as well as 'snippets' on particular topics:
* Full free online courses (OpenCourseWare)
* Free Learning object sites like Merlot or Connexions
* Open access educational resources like Academic Earth or Directory of Open Access Journals
See what Open Educational Resources and OpenCourseWare will be covered in this class (via Trailfire link list).
There is space for thirty (20) people. If you want to reserve a spot you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or else you can just show up (seating is first come first served).
What are Open Educational Resources and OpenCourseWare anyway?
The open educational resources movement consists of freely accessible electronic access to course materials, but it also involves other aspects such as open access to books and library materials, and access to modules of educational information instead of complete courses. It may also include educational communication tools or implementation resources as well (International Institute, 2005). Essentially, it is teaching, learning, and research resources, content or otherwise, which reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual-property license that permits their free use or repurposing by others. This may include learning content, tools such as software, or implementation resources such as methods or principles (Smith & Casserly, 2006; Stover, 2005; Trenin, 2007). Their intention, overall, is to foster learning and the acquisition of competencies in both teachers and learners (Open eLearning, 2007).
OpenCourseware (OCW) is dedicated to the development of freely available, stand-alone online courses and teaching materials informed by the best current research. OCW includes items such as lecture notes, reading lists, course assignments, syllabi, study materials, tests, samples, simulations, and the like (Educause Learning, 2006). Institutions of higher learning involved in OCW initiatives in the United States include founder Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Carnegie Mellon among many others. There is also a strong international presence, with institutions participating in many regions including Brazil, Columbia, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Venezuela to name a few. (OCW Consortium, 2009; OCW Finder, 2007; Caswell, Henson, Jensen, & Wiley, 2008). An OCW consortium can be found at http://www.ocwconsortium.org/ and has been formed to develop shared mission, goals, priorities, visibility, and search-ability.
Go to http://www.slideshare.net/annearendt to get a copy of the presentation and handouts.