Here we are in the midst of the ocTEL reading week. For some, this is a catch-up week, for others, a holiday week. Posts and submissions are still coming in steadily for Week 3 topics, and a trickle here and there from Weeks 1 and 2. The theme for Week 3 has been Resources and platforms, and the activities challenge us to consider our selection of tools and resources, what we consider when making selections, and different ways of thinking about licensing.
The webinar last week with Cable Green from the Creative Commons spawned many excellent questions about Open Educational Resources and how the CC licenses work. To be considered an OER, the resource must meet two criteria:
- It must be free of charge, and
- You must have legal rights to reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, and retain the resource
(If you weren’t able to attend the webinar “live” last week, you can view the recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQTOW8F9FWY. ) The webinar segued with Activity 3.3 which asks us to consider the different nuances to ‘open’ and what it means in our practices. Some discussion around open access to journals, which is different from an open journal, and how museums and libraries embrace the open movement.
Many of you have been exploring some new tools or communities as part of Week 3, and as part of the ocTEL course overall. Several have found the Google+ space to be helpful, Twitter remains popular, and Scoop.it has seen some new users as a result of ocTEL. Feedback and blog posts around the One Thing activity for Week 3 have been lively as well. It is interesting how individual perspectives differ; some tried out Khan Academy and found it a good resource, others tried it and found it to be lacking. The E-learning games from the example also had hit-and-miss results. The only resource that was generally positively reviewed by most people who tried it was the iEthiCS patient simulator.
In Activity 3.1 the challenge is to create a resource using a new tool. Screencast-o-matic seemed to be a ‘winner’ here, easy to use with a gentle learning curve and friendly entry (freemium model).
The consideration of learning styles and tool/resource selection in Activity 3.4 remains contentious, as with many discussions involving learning styles, and Activity 3.5 raised questions about university branding and OER use and re-use.
Entries, posts, and submissions continue to flow in for all the weeks! We ask that you take a minute or two and fill out the mid-course survey (http://go.alt.ac.uk/octel2014-mid-survey ). Whatever you use this reading week for, be sure to check in when Week 4 starts on 2 June!