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RUNNING HEAD: Open Educational Resources (OER) 1 Open Educational Resources (OER) By Prof. Jonathan Acuña Solano

Open Educational Resources (OER)

By Prof. Jonathan Acuña Solano Monday, July 6, 2015 Twitter: @jonacuso Post 179

During an ELT Master’s Degree Program course at Universidad Latina (Costa

Rica) labeled as Learning & Teaching Resources around June-July 2015, Prof. Fressy Aguilar asked participants, as part of the course goals, to design, develop, and assemble a complete module for a virtual course on Moodle. The task does not seem to be hard to achieve, but it does imply several steps that must be pursued to ensure quality.

Though Prof. Aguilar’s course does not exactly account for instructional

design, some notions in this area are worthwhile having to get a quality product. Among those notions, comprehending the scope in use of Open Educational Resources is decisive and can help teaching staff to create more interactive and attractive learning tasks for students in a virtual environment such a Moodle. As soon as the assembly of the course module was over, the instructor presented us with the following task to reflect on what we had just built for our Moodle modules

of the courses we had decided to virtualize.

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Prof. Aguilars Reflective Task On Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them.

In this context, "OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge .

As part of my assembly of a module for a hybrid course on reading skills on Moodle, I actually created 3 weeks or modules for that course. And this is what my instructional design plan is:

RUNNING HEAD: Open Educational Resources (OER) 2 Prof. Aguilar ’ s Reflective Task O n Open

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However, as soon as all these pieces were put together is when, our instructor had us reflect on the OERs that were used for the assembling of the three weeks I produced. Here you have the OERs I utilized, the plan will tell you how they will be used, and you also had here the reason why they were chosen.

Resource used in the platform

Why I did choose it

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It is a free hosting for documents that can be embedded and, consequently, displayed within the Moodle or other platforms or wikis.

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It is a website that allows users to create quizzes that can also be embedded and displayed in Moodle or other sites.

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It is an extension part of the Google family that allows users to publish content on the web for free.

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It is an extension of the Google family that allows users to spot tutorial that can be easily embedded in Moodle or wikis.

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It is a site where users can create interactive posters that can be shown in class or embedded in blogs, Moodle, etc.

In brief, Prof. Aguilar had a very clear point in having us course participants to reflect upon the choice of OERs. If a resource is going to be used, there must be a good reason for doing so since it will contribute to the course success and the fostering of deep learning among students. Web 2.0 tools can indeed help the delivery of a course if used properly; the wrong and unscrupulous usage of OERs can lead course participants to failure if not planned thoroughly bearing in mind the plans objective to be accomplished.

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