Open Education Week March 2 – 6, 2020

In celebration of Open Education Resources Week, OLC would like to share these OER resources.

New Report: Digital Learning Innovation Trends

Produced in association with the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements, the scan provides a systematic review of relevant data about learning technologies in use in the field and the impact on student success.

Read press release and download the report.

Blog: Leading the Change Towards OER

Some may equate leadership with charisma, bold visions and passionate speeches, but the most important characteristic of an OER leader is the ability to manage and direct change. After all, effectively leading an OER initiative is to guide a change management process within your community.

National Online STEM Education Survey 

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) in partnership with Every Learner Everywhere, in collaboration with Babson Research Group, and supported by our generous sponsors HHMI BioInteractive, DigitalEd, and Carolina Distance Learning, is conducting a National Survey on the State of Online STEM Education. Currently under development, this important benchmarking survey will provide critical information on both the opportunities and barriers of online STEM education.

As a person interested in online STEM education, your response to the survey will help fill critical data gaps.

The STEM Survey will soon open for public participation please take a moment to sign-up to be notified when the survey opens.

Instructional Design and Course Planning for OER Webinar

Date: April 22, 2020 – 02:00pm – 03:00pm (ET)

This webinar will discuss a strategy for course design with OER, and will present two practical and easy to use tools to guide the course planning, course design, and development processes. The evaluation and selection criteria checklist will assist faculty in choosing the most appropriate OER for their courses. We also introduce a course planning tool that can be used by faculty as part of an instructional design consultation, working independently, or in conjunction with faculty development efforts. Both of these instruments are themselves OER, and attendees can adopt or adapt them for their own needs.

OLC Workshops focused on OER

  • OER, Part I: Exploring Open Educational Resources

    The term open educational resources (OER) was first adopted by UNESCO in 2002 to describe materials used to support education that can be freely accessed, reused, modified, and shared in order to improve the quality of curricula and teaching and reduce costs. In this workshop, you will learn where to find high quality, openly licensed materials and how to reuse them. We will also cover creative commons licensing, attribution of open educational resources, and accessibility considerations.

  • OER, Part II: Implementing Open Educational Resources

    This workshop shares best practices and strategies for implementing the use and creation of open educational resources (OER) in an educational setting. The goal of this workshop is to develop a practical understanding of how to engage and support teaching faculty in adopting, adapting, and creating OER at a course and/or program level.

OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership

Check out the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership for resources for researchers and practitioners who seek resources on topics related to digital learning trends, innovations, and effective practices in the field. Learn More.