Dr Debbie Holley, Deputy Head of the CEL is on the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Special Interest Group on Open Educational Resources. Below she outlines two events that will be of interest to those interested in this movement.
Webinar on impact of Open Education – Findings from the OER Research Hub, 30 September 2015, 12.30 – 13.15 BST
Presentation by Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology, Institute of Educational Technology Open University. Introduced by Ella Mitchell and Sarah Bridgman.
The OER Research Hub has been investigating the impact of OERs, using eleven hypotheses, and a mixed methods approach to establish an evidence base. This talk explores the findings relating to teaching and learning. The findings reveal a set of direct impacts, including an increase in factors relating to student performance, increased reflection on the part of educators, and the use of OER to trial and supplement formal study. There are also indirect impacts, whose benefits will be seen after several iterations. These include the wide scale reporting of adaptation, and the increase in sharing and open practice that results from OER usage.
This webinar is being run via Blackboard Collaborate. The link to the session is: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=7565&password=M.013F40B58C3B85B8D5…
And Futurelearn are launching a free online course in November,:
If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, this free online course is designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:
- use a range of effective blended learning practices and pedagogies to improve your learners’ experience and attainment
- understand how the many free and affordable technologies now available can enhance teaching and learning, and
- approach new technologies with confidence, designing a pedagogical approach to make the best use of these tools