Discovery Exercise – Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER), are free and openly licensed educational materials. They include vetted, scholarly, and multimedia-rich educational resources from a wide array of disciplines that cost nothing other than proper attribution. Watch the following video or you may optionally read the transcript.


Discovery Exercise

Explore OER Created by Others or Create Your Own OER

  1. Go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page and select a 21st-century skill, either Lifelong learning or from the 4Cs.
  2. Select an Objective that you would like to achieve.
  3. Choose Open Educational Resources (OER) from the Category menu.
  4. Select a tool or resource you would like to explore.
  5. Then,  either explore an OER created by others or create your own OER content. You do not have to design an entire work. Just start small and develop small segments of content showcasing what you have learned.
  6. Reflect on your experience and write a 1 to 2 paragraph reflection and add it to your ePortfolio. Below are a few questions to consider.
    • Do you see yourself being able to use OERs in your career or in your personal life either now or in the future?
    • Are there advantages or disadvantages to using OERs?
    • What kind of resource did you create? What type of Creative Commons licensing is applied and why?
    • Self-reflection questions such as these can also help to guide your reflection.
  7. Embed or link your newly created audio file into your portfolio.
  8. Include a link to the audio tool or resource that you explored into your ePortfolio reflection.

If you are enrolled in the MOOC, return to the #EmTechMOOC Coursera Discussion Forum to complete the Module you are working on.