OAS Eastern Caribbean Training Module: OER Curation


These Organization of American States (OAS) Eastern Caribbean Training modules aim to support the need for country-specific OER implementation while taking advantage of shared knowledge, resources, and tools that can be accessed and contributed to by all educators across the region. The Training Modules offer a blended approach, combining live webinars and self-directed online practice activities to give participants the flexibility of exploring the tools and resources at their own pace and personalizing them to best suit the needs of their community. The course webinars will be hosted by ISKME, recorded and posted in the Hub, along with all online course materials.

ISKME brings a comprehensive OER toolset and immersive professional learning program to assist educators in enhancing their capacities to use, evaluate, curate, and create OER. Leveraging its teaching and learning network and digital library, OER Commons (oercommons.org) launched in 2007, ISKME advances collaboration and continuous improvement of high-quality curriculum. 

This is the second of two custom module trainings that will provide participants a demonstration and discussion of how to navigate OER Commons and create collaborative workflows to identify resources, assess their quality using rubrics, and organize materials for use. Participants will get an opportunity to practice using OER tools and begin to design their plans for OER implementation, specific to their immediate OER needs. An important outcome for educators will be a shared understanding of OER practice and specific next steps for OER adoption in their work.

We have designed these modules to first spark the learner's interest in the topics covered and then dig deeper into the content through presentations, storytelling, and demonstrations of the tools. We will offer opportunities for learners to practice exploring the resources and tools, and reflect on how they might use them in their work. 

Optional pre-activities:

To participate in group discussions during the REFLECT sections you will need to create a login and join the OAS Group. Please see instructions below

CREATE A PROFILE on OER Commons to be able to contribute to the discussions in our group, and to save and organize resources. Click "Register Now!", fill in the necessary information, and click register. You will receive a confirmation email with a link to log in.

JOIN OUR GROUP Once you've logged in successfully, join the OAS Group by clicking "Join This Group"

Where is that link?

In previous modules we have explored what makes resources open, search strategies, and quality evaluation criteria. In this module, we will investigate curation: the process of selecting, organizing, and sharing high-quality teaching and learning materials online.  

Remember that wonderful resource we found online last year? Where is it? Did we bookmark the webpage? Or did we download it and store it on one of our five flash drives? Or did we put it in our Google Drive? Which folder was it again? Keeping track of where all of our resources are can be challenging.

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REFLECT Before we explore OER curation strategies and tools that support organization and sharing, we'd first like to learn more about how you are currently organizing and sharing teaching and learning resources. Describe your current process for organizing and sharing resources to use in your teaching in two to three sentences. Reply here

*Reminder: you will need to be logged in to OER Commons and join the Howard County Public School Group to reply to the discussion.

Curation Strategies

We asked ISKME's digital librarians to share their process for curating resources in OERCommons.org. Below are the considerations they make to select, organize, and share resources to impact teaching and learning.

Selection of Resources

  • User-centered design: The first step our digital librarians take in curation is to research their intended audience. Who are we curating for? What are their needs and preferences, learning goals and standards. What is top of mind and of the utmost importance to them currently?
  • Next digital librarians select resources that 1.) Address the user's needs and 2.) Meet the OER Commons curation criteria of having open licensing, being up to date and relevant, and high-quality.

Organization of Resources

 Digital librarians put a lot of consideration into how they describe and organize resources so that they are easy to access and use by their intended audience.

  • They add relevant and appropriate tags directly to resource descriptions to support ease of discovery in search
  • They create clearly labeled shared folders and subfolders to support accessibility of resource collections

Sharing of Resources 

Digital Librarians utilize collaborative spaces, like Hubs and Groups to share resources. They also use social media tools, like the OER Commons twitter account; newsletter mailings; and in person and virtual presentations and trainings to promote their collections with a larger audience.

In OER Commons, curation is a constant and ongoing collaboration between our librarians, content providers, and users.

OER Curation in Action

Join ISKME's OER Commons Team Metadata Specialist, Chris Adcock and OER Information Services Manager, Michelle Brennan as they present best practices and tools for curation in OERCommons.org.

WATCH Chris' Curation Best Practices presentation below

OER Curation Best Practices

WATCH Michelle's Tools for Curation presentation below

OER Curation Tools

EXPLORE Here are a few more examples of how groups of educators are collaborating to curate OER.

WATCH (Optional) Are you ready to create your own group, organize shared folders and subfolders to start curating and sharing resources? Watch this Instructional Video that walks you through how to Create Groups, Save Resources to Share in Groups, and Save Resources to My OER

How to Use Groups on OER Commons

Why Share Resources? While it is important to organize our resources in a way that encourages easy access and use, what motivates us to collaborate and share resources beyond our classroom? We asked a few OER Superstars from our OER Commons community to tell us why they take the time to collaboratively curate and share resources to impact teaching and learning. Here is what they said:

  • It enriches other’s experiences of finding useful materials
  • It emphasizes new models of curriculum design

  • It engages a larger community in curriculum improvement

  • It strengthens our individual teaching portfolios

REFLECT Given what we have explored today, how might OER Curation impact how you select, organize, and share resources? Share one or two ways you see OER Curation benefiting your work. Reply here

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