Education today continues to evolve with increased technical and digital innovations and new understandings for the different ways in which individuals learn and understand concepts and content. With the development of Open Educational Resources and Open Education platforms teachers are better able to share their creative ideas not just within their own schools but also on a broader national and international scale.
This past year the Lindisfarne Production team was asked to help spread awareness of this growing phenomenon of Open Educational Resources. Working with Dr. Connie Blomgren and Verena Roberts and their dedicated team we created a series of podcasts and videos to explore the topic in depth. The resources were funded by the Alberta Open Educational Resources (ABOER) Initiative through an investment from the Alberta Government.
We spoke to many leaders in Open Education such as Rory McGreal, UNESCO Chairholder in Open Educational Resources at Athabasca University, Bea de los Arcos of the OER Research Hub in the UK, David Porter of eCampus Ontario, and Bronwyn Hegarty, Principal Lecturer in Tertiary Teacher Education at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand who shared her Open Pedagogy model.
Our team learned a lot about Copyright and User rights, the 5 R’s of OER (Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, and Redistribute), OER in Canada and Internationally, and the many benefits of Open Educational Resources for both educators and students. Fascinating stuff!
To find out more about the project and OER please check out the podcasts here.