Delivery, Enrollment, and Facilitation
This is a mastery-based course with no discussion forums. The course will be delivered in a fully online format. This course is non-facilitated, and is designed to be completed independently. It is self-paced, with an enrollment period of 60 days, which begins immediately upon confirmation of registration. A Help Forum is included in the course that will be carefully monitored by a full-time online facilitator.
Open Educational Resources is a course for teachers that explores free online educational resources. There are a myriad of online educational resources available to educators today. Locating and deciding how best to use them can be difficult and time-consuming to do without the proper guidance. This course will help educators identify some of these resources, as well as to make and share plans for their use in their classrooms. There are now a multitude of technologies that allow users to find, organize, and share information as well as work together to create new information that is not limited by classroom walls. These tools can have a positive impact on education and engage our “technology native” students to think critically and creatively. Educators are responsible for teaching students these critical 21st century skills so that they will be ready to compete in a global economy. In this course, participants will address 21st century skills through being introduced to some open educational resources. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and plan for using these tools in their classrooms. Participants will build a lesson/unit plan incorporating these resources that can best be used in education.
Session 1: Student Orientation
Session 2: An Introduction to Open Educational Resources
Session 3: Copyright and Digital Citizenship
Session 4: OER: Myths and Relevancy
Session 5: Khan Academy and Multiple Classroom Models
Session 6: Other OER Platforms
Session 7: Advocating for and Creating Your Own OER
This is an intermediate level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.
All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop are available online.