Insights into OER-based eLearning course

(June 23-24, 2014)

Group photo of the participants.

Group photo of the participants.

About 25 participants attended the 2nd Regional Open Educational Resources (OER) pre-Symposium workshop on “OER Integration/Use in Course Development” at the main campus. They included 13 WOU staff from the in-house ODL-CCCP training workshop and five resource persons from the OER Integration Project.

Shironica Karunanayaka (left) and Jasmine.

Shironica Karunanayaka (left) and Jasmine.

The aim of the workshop was to give an understanding of OER and related concepts, and develop skills in creating and using/reusing OER in course material development for open distance learning (ODL).

WOU’s School of Foundation and Liberal Studies (SFLS) Deputy Dean/Senior Lecturer Jasmine Emmanuel, in her presentation on “Concepts and Practices of OER”, highlighted that Open Badges “makes it easy for you to get recognition for things you learn; gives recognition for the things you teach; and verifies skills, and displays your verified badges across the web”. She stated that the Paris Declaration favours the production and use of OER in local languages and diverse cultural context to ensure relevance and accessibility.

Shironica Karunanayaka, from Open University of Sri Lanka, spoke on “Designing Learning Experiences for OER-based eLearning”. She mentioned the current shift towards open pedagogy and the need for carefully designed OER based eLearning, including Scenario-Based Learning Design, to bring about an effective, efficient and engaging learning experience.

Vighna speaks on searching and evaluating OER materials.

Vighna speaks on searching and evaluating OER materials.

WOU’s School of Education, Languages and Communications Senior Lecturer S. Vighnarajah talked about “Searching and Evaluation of OER Materials”. He stated, “In searching for OER, it is better to first use normal search engines like Google or Yahoo instead of advanced search that provides limited outcome.” In evaluating OER materials for use, he suggested browsing to see relevance and whether able to motivate students and promote deeper learning, as well as the type of licences displayed rather than referring to star ratings or frequency of reviews.

Deehbanjli explains the Creative Commons licences.

Deehbanjli explains the Creative Commons licences.

WOU’s School of Business & Administration (SBA) Senior Lecturer Deehbanjli Lakshmayya presented on “Licensing and Copyright”, in which she elaborated on the different types of Creative Commons licences for releasing educational materials as OER, and the implications of each. SBA Senior Lecturer Prakash Arumugam talked about “Integrating OER in eLearning”.

Deputy Dean of the School of Science & Technology, Ishan Abeywardena, gave a detailed presentation on OER Search, sharing on how to search and locate relevant OER materials on the web using existing search engines.