The Structure of Our Course

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This course is designed to allow students to work through in a FACILITATED environment and interact with their peers. This means that although you may work ahead, you will also need to check back from time-to-time since we will be using some Blogs and Wikis to exchange ideas, thoughts and discoveries. Your peers are relying on you to help them answer questions, find resources and generally noodle through the world of OER.

The course is structured as a series of Modules, each of which builds upon the content covered in the preceding Module. The structure of the Modules are replicated throughout the course, so here is an overview of what you are likely to see as you move through the Modules.

EVERY MODULE WILL CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING:

Module Road Map: At the start of each Module you will be provided with a road map of what you need to accomplish in order to successfully complete the module. These road maps will range from a basic list of instructions to links or activities that need to be completed prior to your starting the module. If you are unclear how to proceed, ask early and ask often!

Module Checklist. This is just what it sounds like – a checklist of the readings and required activities for each module. It is attached to the Road Map as a .pdf file. Please use these to ensure that you do not miss an activity or assignment.

Module Content Folder: In this folder you will find all of the readings, resources, videos and links to the content that supports our learning objectives. They are ordered sequentially, so moving through top to bottom is the preferred method – although the hopscotch approach will work, it is not recommended. In many of the content folders you will find items or sub-folders titled “Dig Deeper”. This content is just that – a deeper exploration of topics covered in the Module. It is optional and provided to support your individual interests in delving deeper into a topic or area associated with OER.

Module Activities (Assessments) Folder: This one is just what it sounds like – the assessments that allow you to check your understanding of the module content. Some are self-assessment while others will be evaluated by the facilitator and your peers to help you hone your skills and comprehension. Don’t get all “test anxiety” here …. there is minimal risk of failure and the assessments are designed to allow you as much application as is practical within the course framework.

SOME MODULES WILL CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING:

Digging Deeper: This is almost self-explanatory. In some modules we will cover areas where a great deal of information has been gathered by members of the open community. Instead of assigning this content, it is posted so that if this is an area of particular interest you can “dig deeper.”

Wiki: From the Hawaiian word “wiki wiki” or “quick quick”, Wikis are collaborative spaces dedicated to a topic or field of interest. Some Modules will require that you post to a Wiki that we will create together to serve as a reference after you have completed the course. The Wiki is usually a place where we will share items, links, content and thoughts that can be reused in future iterations of this course as well as by you after you leave the class. If you have not worked with Wikis before and are unfamiliar with the mechanics of posting to a wiki in Blackboard, instructions have been provided.

Blogs: Instead of using a traditional Discussion Board to exchange ideas and content, in some Modules we will use the Blog tool in Blackboard. The Blog allows us to engage in an exchange of ideas without the constraints of the threads. Also, many individuals in the open community use Blogs to share their thoughts, ideas and content openly on the web. Again, if Blogs are new to you – a video on Blogs has been made available.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Feedback.  Many of your assignments and activities will be posted or submitted so that your facilitator and/or your peers will be able to provide you feedback on your submissions. Please take time to read and consider their comments and feel free to engage in a discussion about “best practices” and experiences with the assignment.

Grades.  These are not the grades like we all hand out to our students, but rather a way for you to track your completion of all of the required work in the course.  There are no A’s and F’s, but in order to receive a certificate of completion and/or Professional Development credit you must have successfully completed all of the activities assigned throughout the course.

Achievements:  In some instances you will see that you have received an achievements. Throughout the course there are milestones that are associated with your achievement of a stated objective, particular task or endeavor. When you have met the criteria for successful completion of a milestone, you will receive an “Achievement”. These look very much like the badges that are being used in some of the open competency based courses on the Web and are available to us through Blackboard.

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED?

A 2015 Fiat 500! After the course was built, we were informed that funding was not available for the cars so you will get a Certificate of Completion, suitable for framing or at least appropriate to include in your professional development portfolio. You will also have a deeper understanding of how to locate, evaluate, adapt and adopt openly licensed content into a course that you teach, which requires less maintenance than a car! In order for you to receive this certificate, you must complete ALL of the assigned activities within the course.