Proposal Title

Insights from the Use of OERs in Education Research Methods Course

Presentation Type

Regular Presentation

Location

OM 3632

Start Date

19-2-2019 8:50 AM

End Date

19-2-2019 9:30 AM

Proposal Abstract

The use of OERs reduces educational costs for students. Beyond this financial benefit, OERs have the potential to facilitate students' learning by allowing for the incorporation of multi-modal (e.g., videos, audios) learning tools as well as other interactive features (e.g., application activities to test learning with immediate feedback). For teachers, it facilitates keeping course material current by easily adding, removing and modifying content. OERs afford the possibility of building on material currently available through common creative license. This presentation will report on preliminary insights from the adoption of OERs in two M.Ed. education research methods courses. One of the courses is delivered on campus and the other online. The perspectives of M.Ed. students taking these courses and faculty teaching them will be examined to identify how these resources facilitate learning and their overall quality across several dimensions (e.g., visual appeal, clarity, interactivity, etc.).

Statement

This year's theme is Adventures in Teaching. As this is the first time I substitute commercial textbooks with OERs, I am embarking on an unknown territory, with excitement and some degree of uncertainty. Transitioning into using OERs only in my teaching, is my new adventure in teaching.

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Feb 19th, 8:50 AM Feb 19th, 9:30 AM

Insights from the Use of OERs in Education Research Methods Course

OM 3632

The use of OERs reduces educational costs for students. Beyond this financial benefit, OERs have the potential to facilitate students' learning by allowing for the incorporation of multi-modal (e.g., videos, audios) learning tools as well as other interactive features (e.g., application activities to test learning with immediate feedback). For teachers, it facilitates keeping course material current by easily adding, removing and modifying content. OERs afford the possibility of building on material currently available through common creative license. This presentation will report on preliminary insights from the adoption of OERs in two M.Ed. education research methods courses. One of the courses is delivered on campus and the other online. The perspectives of M.Ed. students taking these courses and faculty teaching them will be examined to identify how these resources facilitate learning and their overall quality across several dimensions (e.g., visual appeal, clarity, interactivity, etc.).