Remixing Open Content and Pedagogy with OER Schema

Concurrent Session 6

Brief Abstract

OER production has yet to become popular in higher education for reasons including lack of awareness, technical inhibitions, policy confusion, IP concerns, time constraints, and lack of incentives. Our solution is the OER Schema, a specification that aims to promote interoperability and portability of OER content utilizing principles of remixing.

Presenters

Katrina is an Instructional Designer at Penn State University and recently began her journey to obtain her doctorate in learning, design and technology. She has instructional design experience in industry, K-12 and higher education. One of her core beliefs is that technology can transform education for both learners and instructors through the careful selection and application of educational technology solutions with respect to specific course outcomes and objectives.

Extended Abstract

The phrase "Open Educational Resources" (OER) is loosely defined as any resource that enables teaching and learning with minimal usage restrictions. OER is an emerging trend in education that has great potential and plenty of support across various higher education institutions. However, OER production has yet to become popular with the majority of faculty in higher education for reasons including lack of awareness, technical inhibitions, policy confusion, IP concerns, time constraints, and a lack of incentives.

In this session, attendees will learn about the ongoing development of a new specification at Penn State that enables the production of content for online learning according to principles of remixing. Software tools are being designed to enable amateurs and experts alike to produce learning content according to pedagogical patterns, which is important for the successful implementation of OER content at the classroom level. This new specification, called OER Schema, extends the impact of OER by adding interoperability and portability.

The purpose of this presentation is to create awareness and infuse interest in the possibilities of the OER Schema for use in transformative OER authoring tools. To achieve this, we will demonstrate how anyone using remix principles can now search, fork, combine, alter, publish, and share OER specified materials to produce an online course with relative ease. By displaying tools with powerful recombinant capability, we also aim to show how a standard OER specification can impact the growth and availability of educational materials. Our presentation will include the practical aspects of OER production tools as well as cultural and theoretical importance for open education.