Proposal Title

Transformative Curriculum Design through OER Creation: Reports on a Pilot Project

Presentation Type

Panel Discussion

Location

OM 3632

Start Date

18-2-2020 11:10 AM

End Date

18-2-2020 11:50 AM

Proposal Abstract

In May of 2019, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) offered its first version of a week-long course (re)design workshop. Recognizing we had been primarily using resources from other institutions, we opted to create resources specific to TRU through a one-day facilitated writing sprint (a writing sprint involves a team of people with distinct skill-sets coming together to progress an intensive, time-bound project). We believed that a one-day resource-creation sprint would be sufficient to create a few course design resources that TRU faculty could use, both for face-to-face and online course creation and revision. But we were wrong. The project grew from being conceptualized as a few stand-alone documents to being imagined as a large online open educational resource. Since the summer of 2019 a group comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators from TRU’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and the Open Learning Division have been meeting collectively and in smaller groups to prepare a suite of OER which might be used to make OER more accessible for TRU educators and the wider community— with a broad range of additional applications in the areas of curriculum, learning design, and teaching and learning practices across higher education generally. In this panel discussion session, we will outline our goals for and process of creating the OER. As well, we will demonstrate the OER, and session participants will have an opportunity to explore its various features. By the end of the session, participants will be able to do the following: Articulate the value of OERs for faculty use Access the open educational resource with their own device(s) Explore the features of the resource Assess the value of the resource for their own contexts Provide feedback which will help inform further development of the resource This presentation aligns with the following Colloquium Sub-Themes: Opening Up Connection, Engagement, and Exploration Current Trends

Statement

Because we are creating and showcasing an OER, this session aligns with the theme of Opening Up and Current Trends. It also aligns with Connection, Engagement, and Exploration because we are creating a resource to engage faculty in course and curriculum development and design, and we are encouraging participants to explore the resource.

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Feb 18th, 11:10 AM Feb 18th, 11:50 AM

Transformative Curriculum Design through OER Creation: Reports on a Pilot Project

OM 3632

In May of 2019, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) offered its first version of a week-long course (re)design workshop. Recognizing we had been primarily using resources from other institutions, we opted to create resources specific to TRU through a one-day facilitated writing sprint (a writing sprint involves a team of people with distinct skill-sets coming together to progress an intensive, time-bound project). We believed that a one-day resource-creation sprint would be sufficient to create a few course design resources that TRU faculty could use, both for face-to-face and online course creation and revision. But we were wrong. The project grew from being conceptualized as a few stand-alone documents to being imagined as a large online open educational resource. Since the summer of 2019 a group comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators from TRU’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and the Open Learning Division have been meeting collectively and in smaller groups to prepare a suite of OER which might be used to make OER more accessible for TRU educators and the wider community— with a broad range of additional applications in the areas of curriculum, learning design, and teaching and learning practices across higher education generally. In this panel discussion session, we will outline our goals for and process of creating the OER. As well, we will demonstrate the OER, and session participants will have an opportunity to explore its various features. By the end of the session, participants will be able to do the following: Articulate the value of OERs for faculty use Access the open educational resource with their own device(s) Explore the features of the resource Assess the value of the resource for their own contexts Provide feedback which will help inform further development of the resource This presentation aligns with the following Colloquium Sub-Themes: Opening Up Connection, Engagement, and Exploration Current Trends