And a reminder of why “Creative Commons” is so important:
- Seventy-two percent of teacher responses indicated some knowledge of Open Educational Resources. The majority of teachers (37.9%) reported they were somewhat familiar with the concept. Over 25% of teachers reported no knowledge of Open Educational Resources.
- The majority of teachers are using Google to locate their OER.
- Of the 45 teachers who answered this question, the top reasons for how they typically use the OER they find were that they generally just viewed them online or added parts of them to their own educational materials. Few shared them with others on a domain site.
- Teachers reported that time, both to research and to experiment with their resource, is the biggest challenge they face in OER use.
- The majority of the teachers surveyed learned about effectively using OER from trial and error, and from colleagues.
- In analyzing the professional development requests received it is apparent that the teachers who responded to the survey would like hands-on workshops that provide information on using the Internet to find specific OER, examples of OER, and time to experiment and network with colleagues.
- Teachers’ questions were about the reliability, validity, and availability of OER for use.
LEVERAGE: Finding the Value-Proposition for Digital Content (FREE webinar)
As the cost of instructional resources continues to raise issues for schools, colleges, students and parents, the impact of sharable digital resources on the overall cost of education is supposed to be significant.
Join the SREB Educational Technology Cooperative online at 11:00 am (PDT) on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, for a live webinar that looks at models and policies to leverage state, system, college and school investments in digital curricula and content. The one-hour session will explore three perspectives that illuminate the issues and opportunities presented by "free" content.
To register for this webinar (it is free) click this link (http://leverage062910.eventbrite.com). You will receive a link to the webinar approximately one week prior to the webinar.
Direct link to: Elluminate room. (I think … but you should still register..)
We look forward to informing and improving your LEVERAGE!
LEVERAGING: Online curriculum resources to support 1:1 learning initiatives.
Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Superintendent of Birmingham Public Schools, will speak on the merits, successes, and challenges of implementing a district wide 1:1 learning initiative. Drawing primarily from his work as superintendent of the Edgecombe County Public School System (ECPS), a rural school district with approximately 7,300 students, Dr. Witherspoon will talk about how the district brought together powerful student laptops, sophisticated online lessons using SAS® Curriculum Pathways® online curriculum resources, and comprehensive professional development and training to reinvigorate its curriculum, meeting the needs of the latest sophisticated generation of students.
LEVERAGING: Open textbooks through state and international partnerships
Dr. Cable Green, Director of eLearning & Open Education for the Washington Community and Technical Colleges will discuss how the Open Course Library initiative is designing 81 high enrollment, gatekeeper and pre-college courses for face-to-face, hybrid and/or online delivery, to lower textbook costs for students and provide new resources for faculty to use in their courses. He will also talk about the International Open Course Library Project that aims to scale the Washington model internationally by inviting individual states, provinces and countries to list their highest enrolled 50 courses, map these to existing open textbooks and open courseware, identify gaps and potential for remix among similar in-country or in-state initiatives.
LEVERAGING: State investments in digital content
Investment in developing resources has been significant across SREB states — but not so much the investment in the policies that ensure those resources can be shared. Myk Garn, Director of the Cooperative, will present on the recent SREB publication: An Expectation of Sharing: Guidelines for Effective Policies to Respect, Protect and Increase the Use of Digital Educational Resources. In this publication the SCORE Working Group on Digital Content Rights proposes eight guidelines outline solutions that will help state-level administrators and policymakers, as funders of digital educational resource development, to establish policies, practices, statutes and regulations, if needed, that increase sharing of — and maximize returns on — their state’s investments in digital educational resources.
Director, Educational Technology
Southern Regional Education Board
Director of eLearning and Open Education