Evidence: Blog Post – Investigating OER: LabSpace (May 17, 2014)
OLTD 505 Learning Outcome addressed: Identify, critically assess, and evaluate existing OERs, OER platforms, and repositories
Reflection to Support Evidence:
My blog post critiquing LabSpace, an Open Educational Resource (OER) based in the United Kingdom, specifically addresses the learning outcome of critically assessing an existing OER. I had never explored open educational resources, and was amazed at the abundance of resources that were available free to use. However, as the learning outcome suggests, looking critically at a resource is important to assess whether or not it will be of use to you in the classroom. All open educational resources are not created equally, and considering the user (students) when deciding which resource to use is important. Following a set of guidelines when critically assessing made me aware of some areas I had never before considered, for example, accessibility of the resource to all students.
The way people access information and learn has changed significantly since the introduction of the internet. As an online educator, I need to be aware of what resources are available, not only to me to use in the classroom, but also to my students as support for their learning. I am very interested in the OER approach to textbooks, and would like to explore my options with free resources in this area. I plan on reviewing more of the OERs that were critiqued by my fellow classmates, and investigate how I can use these resources going forward.
Evidence: Final Summary of Learning (Doodle and accompanying video) – Open Educational Resources (June 5, 2014)
OLTD 505 Learning Outcome addressed: Articulate one’s summary of learning in the course in a multimedia, online format
Reflection to Support Evidence:
This evidence consists of two parts; a ‘doodle’ that summarizes my learning throughout the course, and a video outlining my thoughts about the content as I created the doodle. The evidence addresses the learning outcome in two ways. On the surface, it is in fact a summary of what I learned. When creating the doodle, I reread many of my cohort’s blog posts and G+ comments in addition to reviewing many of the resources selected by our instructor. The illustration is truly a summary of what I learned about open educational resources, as I had only a minimal idea of what they were about prior to the course. I now have a working knowledge of what resources are available (for free) and the importance of sharing resources, particularly in an educational setting.
The second way this evidence supports the learning outcome is in the creation of a multimedia presentation. I had no previous experience in creating a video, and with the support of some of my classmates, was able to learn how to use ActivePresenter to create my video. The use of multimedia online presentation throughout this course emphasised for me the value of using this format when teaching and learning online. I was inspired by many of the multimedia presentations created by my cohort, and appreciated learning in this format.
Articulating one’s summary of learning in the course, in any format, is important as an educational tool. Students benefit from reflecting upon their learning over a course, recognizing how they have grown and celebrating what they have learned. Educators also benefit from reading these summaries, as it illustrates whether you teaching has been effective for that student, or ways you could improve or change your approach. At present, I do not include reflection or summaries of learning in my practice. However, I see the value of this approach, and would like to consider how I might incorporate this into my classroom, in particular with my literacy level students. Recognizing how much they have learned would go a long way to helping them boost their self-esteem.