e-Learning Activity - OERs

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An introductory note about "e-learning activities"

This course incorporates a number of structured e-Learning activities (or called "e-tivities"). The term ‘e-tivity’ was coined by Professor Salmon (2002[1]). It simply refers to a framework for activities and interactive learning that are conducted online. AST1000 uses Salmon’s model of e-tivities to guide you in selecting course content via OER. Called here e-learning activities, the e-learning activities frame what you are looking for, how long you should spend on the e-learning activity, and how you should present your findings each week so learning becomes interactive. All e-learning activities referred to in this Study Guide are located on the Course Study Desk. When directed to begin an e-learning activity, you should make your way to the e-learning activity on the StudyDesk and follow its directions.

Your first "e-learning activity"

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Exploring OER
Summary: Exploring the concept of Open Educational Resources (OER) and where to find them.
3 - 3.5 hours
Activity 1.1

Start here

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Stimulus resources
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This e-learning activity prompts you to explore what is meant by the term ‘open educational resources’ (OER) and how you can locate open educational resources online to assist and guide your learning.


Online discovery on the meaning of Open Educational Resources:

  1. Conduct a general internet search using the term ‘Open Educational Resource’. Refer to the information contained on 2 sites that come up to read more about Open Educational Resources.
  2. Now using the search functions contained in the Directory of Open Access Journals (linked above in Stimulus), locate journals/journal articles relevant to your interests. Select 1 article on any topic and read it.
  3. After completing Steps 1) & 2), document in around 100 words what you understand Open Educational Resources to be.
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Learning outcome actions
  1. Using the ‘E-learning Activity and Personal Reflection e-Portfolio, upload your understanding of Open Educational Resources. This should be completed no later than the close (Friday) of Week 1.
  2. The e-moderator will upload an overall comment on the activity on the Course Study Desk after the closing date for submissions. 


  1. Salmon, Gilly 2002, E-tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning, Kogan, London, Accessed 22 August 2011, http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/ebookviewer/ebook/nlebk_115618_AN?sid=58fd8e05-660d-44df-a1ca-935c5636a7f9@sessionmgr14&vid=1.