OER Academy: Curation


ISKME's OER Commons Team has designed these OER Academy modules to support and advance your open educational practice. Our comprehensive OER toolset and immersive professional learning program will assist educators in enhancing their capacities to use, evaluate, curate, and create OER. 

This is the third module in our OER Academy series that will provide participants with an introduction to OER and the value add, highlighting successful use cases from around the world. 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. 

OER Academy Outline:

Introduction to OER  (3 modules)

- Module 1 - Overview of the what, why, and how of OER; including an exploration in open licensing and a showcase of OER use cases from around the world

- Module 2 - Content Discovery: identify teaching and learning goals, search and browse collections

- Module 3 - Curation and Collaboration of OER with groups, shared folders and discussions

Quality Evaluation (2 modules)

- Module 1 - Quality: participants reflect and share their quality criteria for teaching and learning materials they use

- Module 2 - Tools for Evaluating: explore digital tools for assessing OER (Achieve Rubric, Rating, Comments)

Authoring and Remixing (3 modules)

- Module 1 - Authoring Toolset: demonstration of Open Author and Module Builders

- Module 2 - OER Design: discover instructional design supports, including templates

- Module 3 - OER Remix: overview of the what, why, and how of remixing OER

Open Education Practice for curriculum improvement (1 module)

- Deep dive into the feedback, refinement, reflection, and revision process

Leadership and Advocacy (1 module)

- Exploration and planning of ways to lead and advocate for OER


To participate in group discussions during the REFLECT sections you will need to create a login and join the 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, organize, remix, and author resources. Share some information about yourself and upload a photo or image here: https://www.oercommons.org/profile/edit

JOIN OUR GROUP Once you've logged in successfully, join the Introduction to OER 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.

Needle in a Haystack

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 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 material

- 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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