We’ve had a great round of EMP participants in the fall semester, and are trying to improve their visibility and celebrate their success by creating a new page to feature all the OER’s on the site. This post will be a brief summary of the FAll 2015 cohort with links to the various projects. Continue reading “Fall 2015 EMP participant round up”
We consider everyone who passes through the EdMedia program (EMP) to be ‘faculty’, so in this case we are referring to all our participants who have completed an Educational Media project with us, whether they be faculty, staff or students. The “Faculty Showcase” is a new page on the site that will feature all the Open Educational Resources (OERs) that have been created in our program.
The showcase gathers all the posts on this blog that use the category “OER” and displays them on a ‘pinterest like’ grid that can be easily scanned. As I was going through our existing content it was apparent that in order for these posts to look their best, it would be helpful for authors to follow some simple steps to guide their work. These tips are relevant for all posts and pages on the site.
How to post your content to the Faculty Showcase.
- Make a “New Post” and select “OER” as the category
- Upload and insert an image of your content into the post.
- Embed your media
- Upload and set a ‘featured image’
Well that is the point form version of the steps, but I will add some more details below. Continue reading “Introducing… The ‘Faculty Showcase’ and some new posting tips”
After producing an audio file/”podcast” on how to read a type of university policy document called an “RRSDA” or records retention schedule, I distributed the audio to various folks and asked for feedback.
One frequent piece of feedback was that, for new users, it was simply too difficult to follow along without looking at a sample document. The audio alone was fine for people who have already seen policy documents of this type, but new folks needed to SEE and HEAR in order to figure out what I was talking about.
This led me to ThingLink, an educational tool that allows you to embed sound, video, and links into a static document to construct an interactive experience for the user. The result is below.
If this document is not interactive (i.e., nothing pops up as you mouse over the doc), access it instead on ThingLink.
OERs about records using (archival) records
The purpose of this podcast is to teach records creators in SFU departments how to read the retention schedules of the university, which are multi-part policy documents called “RRSDAs“.
The podcast is offered in a long version for new employees who have never seen an RRSDA. The podcast is structured into the 6 parts of the policy document, which is displayed alongside the audio so that listeners can visually follow along.
There is also a shorter version for frequent users who just need to a refresher. People tend to only use RRSDAs once or twice a year, and sometimes they just need a reminder of the basics.
Throughout the podcast, I give examples of how to apply RRSDAs to digital records, as well as analog ones.
The podcast uses SFU’s own archival records to provide the music and sound snippets, including the convocation music from 1969 and early radio marketing messages encouraging students to come to SFU. Early audio like this is permanently preserved in the archives, thanks to the departments who created it and used RRSDAs to transfer it to the archives.
Purpose of this activity: To listen to different examples of audio used in an educational context.
Using recorded audio in the classroom is old as recorded audio itself. Educational uses of audio were predicted to be amongst the primary uses of the phonograph intended by Edison in 1878, yet with recent improvements in mobile computing, sound is being increasingly deployed in an educational context.
Some reasons you might consider offering audio recordings to your students:
- Be part of the “Revolution in podcasting”
- Enables students to review material and free up class time for discussion.
- Allow students to produce meaningful
- Provides students with a study aid they can review after lecture;
Activity: Take some time, and listen to a selection of curated audio segments.
- Sample audio 1 – Amplify your teaching soundcloud playlist
- Sample audio 2 – Teachers as producers – A collection of artifacts created by educators as part of the TRU soundcamp.
- Sample audio 3 – Lecture Media 112 In Storytelling: History 451 – audio was used to demonstrate a task or procedure and student created audio was used for a group assignment.
- Sample audio 4 – SFU lecture recording. With and SFU computing ID you can access a wide range of audio recorded lectures
- Sample audio 5 – “Old school” early adopter podcast Modeling Social Phenomena, Courtney Brown, Emory University
BC Campus is hosting an important OER event on Oct. 27 for librarians interested in Open Educational Resources. Come check it out!
Monday Oct 27, 2014, Noon – 4 pm
Douglas College, New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room 4650
BCcampus is pleased to sponsor a half day of professional development opportunity for librarians interested in the open education movement and Open Education Resources (OER). This day will introduce librarians to how open education is changing post secondary education, how librarians are involved in these changes, and the role of librarians as leaders in OER innovation. Join us for presentations and discussions that highlight how librarians support open education and OER initiatives and the opportunities for future collaborations.
Yesterday I was walking between meetings and happened upon a bird, about the size of small robin, that was mostly black and white, but had a striking red bib. Not recognizing it, I wanted to take picture to look it up later, so took out my phone, and slowly crept closer to get a clear shot. Thankfully it was quiet in the area and my presence did not alarm the creature. so I slowly stepped closer and took another shot. Stepped closer, another shot, closer, another shot, and with each step I was surprised the little guy did not fly off. I managed to get within about 8-10 feet of the bird before a gust of wind came up and he decided he had had enough and took off. However, the series of photos I took , worked perfectly for the GIFBOOM app to accept from the “add from gallery” feature and I was able to create the GIF below.
To follow up on this and make it an actual “Educational Resource” I feel I would really need to identify this bird, post some links to wikipedia, and maybe ask students to explore it further or send them on another activity. But perhaps you can help out with the first part!. Is the GIF along with my text description enough to give you a lead to identify? ANy thoughts on how the media looks? or what it add to my story?
Regardless I will use my bird book at home and Identify it and post the results here.
You will also notice I have embedded a Creative Commons license within this post, (just below) This is kind of an unnecessary step here since the site itself is available as an open resource so all content fits under our site license, but it may be a way for you to choose different permissions for your post. Also, its the final step when sharing any OER so should be a part of the assignment.
Bird in the hand GIF by @draggin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
When considering Open Education Resources you should be aware of the some of the broader contexts in which they are related.
Fair dealing: short excerpts are now ok to use in a controlled environment for educational purposes. Education covers us for the “dealing” part. “Fair” refers to a limited amount and only using that amount. Short excerpts and only providing that excerpt alone. For example you can use a poem from a book providing you only give access to the poem and not the entire book.
SFU’s new copy right office: copyright.sfu.ca
OER’s: Open Educational Resources are freely available objects that have explicit licensing on them which are available through searchable online databases like: creativecommons.org
(OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, educational, assessment and research purposes. Although some people consider the use of an open format to be an essential characteristic of OER, this is not a universally acknowledged requirement. wikipedia
Make an OER today!
Animated GIFs have been around as long as the internet itself. It was one of the first native image formats on the web, and was the format for some of the earliest internet art. Today , GIFs are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and making them has never been easier.
In an educational context, there are endless possibilities to using this format, but some popular ways are.
To demonstrate a series of steps, like the proper way to hold and wield a kitchen blade.
To show details of scientific or medical data such as light refraction.
Or just to tell a story.
Use your time in class to install GIFBOOM APP in