(June 23-24, 2014)
About 25 participants attended the 2nd Regional Open Educational Resources (OER) pre-Symposium workshop on â€śOER Integration/Use in Course Developmentâ€ť 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.
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).
WOUâ€™s School of Foundation and Liberal Studies (SFLS) Deputy Dean/Senior Lecturer Jasmine Emmanuel, in her presentation on â€śConcepts and Practices of OERâ€ť, highlighted that Open Badges â€śmakes 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 webâ€ť. 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 â€śDesigning Learning Experiences for OER-based eLearningâ€ť. 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.
WOUâ€™s School of Education, Languages and Communications Senior Lecturer S. Vighnarajah talked about â€śSearching and Evaluation of OER Materialsâ€ť. He stated, â€śIn searching for OER, it is better to first use normal search engines like Google or Yahoo instead of advanced search that provides limited outcome.â€ť 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.
WOUâ€™s School of Business & Administration (SBA) Senior Lecturer Deehbanjli Lakshmayya presented on â€śLicensing and Copyrightâ€ť, 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 â€śIntegrating OER in eLearningâ€ť.
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.