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Introduction to Open Educational Resources

LINC 215.01W

Call Number 2278

One Quarter Unit

January 7 - March 28

Foothill College


Enroll in early December!

Pass/No Pass Option

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Instructor:  Dr. Judy Baker, Dean of Foothill Global Access


Textbook:  open educational resources only (no textbooks)


Delivery:  fully online via ETUDES NG (no on-campus attendance required)


Description:  This course is an introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER) and the use of public domain learning materials for teaching.  OER can be used as an alternative and/or supplement to publishers' textbooks. 


Rediscover the delights of teaching and learning.  This course experience is designed to be learner-centered and dynamic.  The flow and direction of the course depends on the learning needs of the participants.


Participants in this course will be encouraged to nurture their own Personal Learning Network about the use of open educational resources (OER) or open content.  Collectively, participants will build the knowledge and skills necessary to find, adapt, repurpose, create, and share accessible OER.

What is a Personal Learning Network? 


Remember a time when a major change occurred in your life such as first time homeownership, adoption of a new pet, or relocation to another city? 


Suddenly, you were highly motivated to learn as much as possible about that change.  You quickly sought out knowledge and information from a variety of experts and your friends.  Then, you organized what you discovered and verified its accuracy with others.  In short, you created a Personal Learning Network that gave you immediate access to diverse sources about your interest area.  


Your Personal Learning Network enabled you to engage with a learning community of individuals with a similar learning need.  Also, you probably reflected on how what you learned matched with your personal experiences.  Eventually, you became a source of expertise in this interest area for others.

Your Open Educational Resources Personal Learning Network will address -


  • Best practices and case studies

  • Copyright and fair use issues

  • Sources and repositories of open content learning materials in various disciplines

  • Technical issues regarding accessibility of open learning content materials

  • Uses of Creative Commons licenses

  • Tools and standards available to develop, organize and disseminate open content learning materials

  • Searching techniques for identifying open content learning materials

  • Professional collaboration strategies and campus implementation of OER

  • Criteria for assessing the suitability of open content learning materials for use various disciplines

  • Lesson plan development than incorporates use of the identified open content learning materials





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