Open Education and Teaching Continuity
By Samantha Ahern and Leo Havemann, on 15 May 2020
Open Education practices and resources have become increasingly important of late. Sharing what we have learnt and changes that we have made in our approach to digital pedagogy and learning design are important in helping create the best possible learning opportunities for our students. In addition, as students may not have access to all the resources available via campus, now is a good time to re-use, share and create open educational resources. For instance, selecting an open textbook will enable greater access to a textbook resource.
UCL Digital Education are continuing to run a series of online drop-in and training sessions. A full list of all upcoming sessions is available on the DigiEd team blog. In addition, a series of how-to videos are available via the E-learning wiki.
Arena centre colleagues are also hosting a range of online drop-ins. Details are given on the Teaching Continuity webpages.
All OpenEd@UCL SIG face to face meetings are suspended for the forseeable future, including both SIG meetings and the monthly informal meet-ups. Instead we will be keeping in contact via our SIG space on Teams and the mailing list. We are have already held one successful remote meeting and we will advertise upcoming meeting dates and times via our Teams space.
- OpenEd@UCL – Find Open Education Resources (OER) and guidance from UCL
- Open.Ed – OER from the University of Edinburgh
- Open Textbook Library – content organised by subject area
- Directory of open access books
- Carpentries.org lessons – Computing and Data Science lessons using open source tools
- Google Arts and Culture – a range of articles, videos and and virtual tours
- PHET Interactive Simulations – a range of STEM simulations
- Political Ecology Network – the sharing of political ecology syllabi
- UK Copyright Literacy
- The OER Starter Kit Workbook – Abbey Elder and Stacey Katz, this project offers worksheets for teachers to reflect as they begin to explore and create their Open Educational Resources.
- SEDA Pandemic Resources – an editable Google doc with a list of resources by topic
- Reflective Tool for Emergency response to teaching online (MSWord)– Centre for Distance Education, University of London. It will prompt you to consider what worked well and what was less successful, and the implications of the emergency teaching process for the next academic year and beyond.
Things to read or watch
- Blog post: Assessment alternatives at a time of university closures – Prof Sally Brown
- Free course: Take your teaching online
- Blog: The EdTechie – Martin Weller, IET OU
- Webinars: Tutoring Matters – UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT)
- Journal article: Becoming an open educator: towards an open threshold framework
- Journal article: Accessibility within open educational resources and practices for disabled learners: a systematic literature review
- Conference: Catch-up on #OER20 sessions, links to recording are available in the conference programme.
- Journal articles: 2019 Open Education Global Conference selected papers
- Blog post: Is it time to get wiki’d?– UCL Digital Education