Let’s talk open educational resources at the IT Tech Fair

The IT Tech Fair will be held on Thursday, October 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Trabant University Center Multi-Purpose Rooms. This is a unique opportunity for University of Delaware’s faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with the technology services offered at UD. Staff from IT and other University groups who provide technology support will be available for questions, short discussions, and to demonstrate new technologies.

In particular, this will be your chance to explore how to find, select, modify, and create open educational resources (OER) for your course. Simply look for Mathieu Plourde‘s booth on the subject. The list of places to find OER and open textbooks has been recently updated.


Finding and selecting quality open educational resources

As the spring semester slowly fades away, here is an opportunity for faculty members to start planning for the next time they will teach classes. We all know the internet is a treasure trove of learning materials, but how can one find the right resources without spending too much time digging in the wrong spots?

Step 1: Attend an hour-long webinar

First, on Tuesday, May 1st, you are invited to attend a Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources webinar titled Finding and Selecting High Quality Open Educational Resources.

“Hear from a community college librarian, the director of a statewide open textbook project, and an open textbook publisher on best approaches for finding and selecting high-quality, accessible open textbooks and open educational resources to enhance teaching and learning in your classroom and expand access to education. Our featured speakers are:

  • Kate Hess, Librarian, Kirkwood Community College, IA
  • Dr. Robin Donaldson, Director Open Access Textbook Project, Florida Distance Learning Consortium
  • David Harris, Editor-in-Chief, OpenStax College, Rice University, TX”

You are invited to register for a viewing party at 1:00 p.m. in room 011 Smith Hall, or attend the webinar on your own.

Step 2: Attend a workshop

OER logoParticipants interested in working with IT staff are welcome to stay in 011 Smith after the webinar to explore some of the tools and strategies for their own classes (register here for the Tuesday workshop). If this time is not convenient for you, register for a second workshop on Friday May 4th at 9 a.m.

April 11-12: Join us for the ELI Spring Focus Session on Learning Analytics

“Learning analytics (LA) is the collection and analysis of data associated with student learning. The analysis of this data, coming from a variety of sources like the LMS, the library, and the student information system, helps us observe and understand learning behaviors in order to enable appropriate interventions.”

Information Technologies has registered for the ELI 2012 Online Spring Focus Session on Learning Analytics and will be hosting a viewing party for this two-day webinar. Registration is encouraged but not required; simply drop in and out as you please (check the link to the event program below for more details).

  • Location: Smith Hall, room 015 (We purchased a single login, so this is the only room in which you’ll be able to attend this event)
  • Dates and time: 


We hope you can join us!

“Why Open Education Matters” video competition

The U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Institute announce the launch of the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition. The competition will award cash prizes for the best short videos that explain the use and promise of free, high-quality Open Educational Resources—or “OER”—and describe the benefits and opportunities these materials create for teachers, students and schools.

Video submissions are accepted until June 5, 2012 and winners will be announced July 18, 2012. Cash prizes, provided by the Open Society Institute, include $25,000 (first), $5,000 (second), and $1,000 (Public Choice Award). Judges include prominent artists and education experts, including Davis Guggenheim, Nina Paley, James Franco, and many others. Full press release available here >

Let us know if you’re interested in submitting!

Open Education Week is next week: March 5-10

This is an invitation from Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons. Hope you can take advantage of some of these free events!

Open Education Week will take place from March 5-10 online and in locally hosted events around the world, with opportunities to participate in webinars and online discussions.

Participation is free and open to all.  The objective is to raise awareness of the open education movement and open educational resources.

First Annual Open Education Week

March 5-10, 2102


Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/openeducationwk

FB: http://www.facebook.com/openeducationwk

YouTube: openeducationweek


Open Education Week will feature:

  • Over 40 webinars open to participation from anyone
  • Virtual tours, pre-recorded presentations and documents describing open education projects and ideas
  • Discussion area with blog and twitter feeds
  • Resource links
  • Contributions from over 130 organizations and institutions
  • Offline events and local workshops