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Regional Consultation Workshop on Quality Guidelines for Open Educational Resources on 13-15 March 2013 at Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

Regional Consultation Workshop on Quality Guidelines for Open Educational Resources on 13-15 March 2013 at Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

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    Quality Issues in Open Educational Resources: Need for a Comprehensive Perspective Quality Issues in Open Educational Resources: Need for a Comprehensive Perspective Presentation Transcript

    • Quality Issues in Open Educational Resources: Need for a Comprehensive Perspective Mohan Menon mohanbmenon@gmail.com1 mohanmenon
    • Concept  ‘openeducation’ today is considered as a comprehensive concept encompassing all types and kinds of ‘openness’ including the ‘openness’ of resources.2 mohanmenon
    • OER: a sub-set of Open Education  Open Education is not limited to just open educational resources. It also includes open technologies that facilitate collaborative, flexible learning and the open sharing of teaching practices and new approaches to assessment, accreditation and collaborative learning (Cape Town Open Education Declaration).3 mohanmenon
    • What is “Open Content”? Open Content / Open educational resources (OER) / Open Courseware are educational materials (usually digital) that can be: Shared freely and openly … redistribute for … Shared and share again. Redistribute Used d … use by … adapt / repurpose/ anyone to … improve under some Improved type of license in order to … Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams4 cheryl.hodgkinson-williams@uct.ac.za mohanmenon
    • OER:Reuse-Remix-Redistribute Cycle OER Materials QUALITY Practice of Practice of OER Re- OER create &Re- Reuse/Remix distribute5 mohanmenon
    • OER Quality: Literature Review Quality Aspects Operationalisation Reference Accuracy Content is valid and Nardine reliable Saad (2004 Relevance Relevance of content to users needs Significance Content teaches Nardine educationally significant Saad (2004 concepts, models or skills6 in the discipline mohanmenon
    • OER Quality: Literature Review Quality Aspect Operationalisation Reference Pedagogy The material is effective Nardine Saad as a teaching tool; -features in the learning (2004); Paul material that support Gerhard, learning and the 2005 applicability of the material in teaching and learning processes Presentation The material is presented effectively and user-friendly7 mohanmenon
    • OER Quality: Literature Review Quality Operationalisation Reference Aspects Usability Technical structure and interface design of the learning material as well as the ease of use arising from these features. Usability is dependent on the user’s experience. Presentation The material is presented Nardine Saad effectively and user-friendly (2004) Motivating Emotionally engaging content Joseph L. Scott,8 (or presentation??) 1994 mohanmenon
    • OER Quality: Literature Review Quality Operationalisation Reference Aspects Accessibility Accessibility in this context means that the online learning materials are accessible to everyone regardless of their age, physical or mental capacity, disabilities or health. Findability ‘the ability of users to identify an Peter Morville, appropriate Web site and navigate 2005 the pages of the site to discover and retrieve relevant information resources"9 mohanmenon
    • OER Quality: Literature Review Quality Operationalisation Reference Aspects Openness Digitized materials offered freely Bissell (Legal) and openly for educators, students, (2009) and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research Openness ALMS Analysis Wiley (Technical) Access to editing tools? (2009) Level of expertise required to revise/remix? Meaningfully editable?10 Source-file access? mohanmenon
    • OER Quality: Literature Review Quality Operationalisation Reference Aspects Discoverability If an OER cannot be discovered, Brown, 2008, from a practical perspective it Dholakia, King, and might as well be closed Baraniuk, 2006 Searchability Good practices of site navigation "Googles Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide, Version 1.1, 13 Nov 2008 Reusability Pedagogical effectiveness and Wiley (2004) potential for reuse are completely at odds to each other Okado (2010)11 Four levels of reusability mohanmenon
    • Quality Domains CONTENT PEDAGOGY PRESENTATION OPENNESS Legal Technical Technological- IT related12 mohanmenon
    • Proposed Quality Aspects  CONTENT – Accuracy – Significance – Relevance  PEDAGOGY – Theoretical soundness – Learner centeredness – Effectiveness for different learning levels – Applicability in effective teaching-learning13 processes mohanmenon
    • Proposed Quality Aspects  PRESENTATION – User-friendly – Motivating14 mohanmenon
    • Proposed Quality Aspects  OPENNESS – Discoverability-from a practical perspective (Brown, 2008, Dholakia, King, and Baraniuk, 2006) – Searchability- Good practices of site navigation ("Googles Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide, Version 1.1, 13 Nov 2008) – Reusability-Balance between pedagogical effectiveness and potential for reuse (Wiley, 2004) Levels of reusability (Okado, 2010, Okado, et.al. 2012) – Findability- ability of an user to search and find a specific resource (Peter Morville, 2005) – Usability- combines searchability and findability15 – Open Licence- copyright relaxations mohanmenon
    • OER:Reuse-Remix-Redistribute Cycle OER Materials QUALITY Practice of Practice of OER Re- OER create &Re- Reuse/Remix distribute16 mohanmenon
    • Mohan Menon WOU E-mail: mohanbmenon@gmail.com17 mohanmenon