Those who complete the workshop might have a future opportunity to participate in the official “Peer Reviewer Certification” course offered through Quality Matters. (The PRC is a 2-week online workshop designed to follow the “Applying the QM Rubric” workshop.)
Did you know?
- Moodle Quiz auto saves answers every 5 minutes? This includes essay questions! There is nothing you need to do as the instructor – the auto save is set server wide and enabled now!
- Ever wanted a personal assistant to help you with routine tasks in your Moodle course? Ever needed more time to send out email notifications and feedback? Give Personalized Learning Designer a try! PLD can do all of these things for you!
- Gamify your course to help provide additional incentive! Moodle now has Mozilla Open Badges integrated. Instructors can create and assign badges to their own courses.
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Moodlerooms will be releasing December 2013 Maintenance Pack 1 for our site between the hours of 11PM ET (8PM PT) on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 and 6AM ET (3AM PT) on Thursday, February 20, 2014. This maintenance pack includes updates that will improve the usability and stability of Moodle site. You should not experience an interruption in […]
As educators, we know that engagement is important in any learning environment and that the ways in which we build engagement into our courses will often vary wildly given our classroom need, our curriculum, our students, our philosophy of teaching and learning, and the mandates we are required to comply with. Think about the ways […]
Happy Open Education Week!
Are you considering converting to or building a textbook-free course? Would you like to incorporate some open resources into an existing source to help your students get a better grasp of certain topics. Here are some tips for finding Open Educational Resources to build or add to your classes.
Step one: Set aside time.
Searching for these materials takes time and persistence, just like research!
Step two: Get cozy with your specific learning objectives.
Instead of focusing on the textbook that you would like to replace, focus on what you would like students to specifically know or be able to do. You will likely need to search for several materials to address different topics or components of your complete class.
Example: instead of searching for “biology” materials, search for “cell structure” or “DNA” or “evolution” materials.
Step three: Use Google “Advanced Search” to search for open resources.
Step four: Search within some of the specific OER repositories/OER search engines:
OER Commons http://www.oercommons.org/
Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/
College Open Textbooks: http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org/
*OER Librarian pro-tip* Use the browsing tools that the repository or search engine presents to you! Don’t rely solely on keyword searching.
Step five: Consider library materials, which are free to students.
The library provides access to hundreds of ebooks, and thousands of articles that students can access electronically, for free.
Library’s homepage http://lanecc.edu/library/
Step six: Not finding what you’re looking for? Ask your OER librarian.
I’m happy to help or refer you! email: Jen Klaudinyi
Step seven: Consider creating and sharing your own OER.
Each term, the ATC hosts workshops that can help you use software to create your own materials, or you can always drop by for help. If you create materials, consider contributing them to one of the OER repositories.
More advice on searching for OER?
Check out this 60 minute webinar “Finding and Selecting High Quality OER” from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources