T&L 2900: VIR: Using Open Educational Resources (OERs) to Create K12 Curriculum
Teachers play a monumental role in facilitating opportunities for students to become critical thinkers, proactive citizens, and creative contributors to the world around them. But it's crucial that teachers are afforded the same opportunities to grow and learn new cutting edge digital teaching skills for todays "Digital Kids." In this online course, teachers will learn how to build capacity in using Open Educational Resources (OERs), sharing OERs and building OERs; they will connect with like-minded educators and communities, and establish a strong portfolio of an educator as a creator of digital curriculum and lessons. OERs provides institutions and educators access, at no cost, to the means of production to develop their competence in producing educational materials and instructional design.
Participants will learn why OERs are important building blocks for participatory learning. The Common Core State Standards also promote the idea that students should "use technology . . . to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others." Participatory learning, as a pedagogical model, underscores the urgency of facilitating learning experiences that help build the capacity necessary to contribute in today's society.
DLT_Using OERs to Create K12 Curriculum (PDF Document)