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Five things you can do before starting the #OCL4Ed workshop

  1. Bookmark the OCL4Ed course dashboard in your browser. If you are unfamiliar with navigating a wiki, you can bookmark this version of the dashboard which removes the normal wiki navigation. The course dashboard contains all the links to the course materials, copies of the emails for course instructions and the aggregated course feed.
  2. Create a Twitter account if you don't have one and test a post using WikiEducator WENotes.
  3. Create a free personal blog for the course, login to WikiEducator and register the URL of the blog you will be using for the course.
  4. Declare yourself by posting an introduction on your course blog.
  5. Work through the Course guide.

General course information

  1. This is an asynchronous course divided into 5 sessions. You should aim to spend approximately 1 to 1.5 hours per session at times which suite your own schedule. We have allocated 2 working days for each session in OCL4Ed.
  2. The course materials are designed for guided self-study with opportunities for peer-support from your facilitators and fellow participants using microblog and discussion forum posts.
  3. At the start of each session, your facilitators will post a preview of the session's activities for the 2 days allocated for each session. (Remember that we are working across 24 time zones, so you may receive your instructions a little ahead of your own time zone. You should participate according to the dates in your local time zone.)
  4. Our free online courses usually attract hundreds of participants worldwide. Meet new friends and share your experiences. You will get the most from this course by sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences with fellow participants using microblog notes and posts to the discussion forums on Google + (you will need a gmail account).
  5. We provide an aggregated feed of #OCL4Ed posts from Twitter, WikiEducator notes and blog posts which you can also access from the Course Dashboard.
  6. The course tag for Twitter and Blog posts is: #OCL4Ed (You must add this tag to your posts which is used to harvest your contributions in the aggregated feed.)

Session 1

Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 Dec 2012

Why does open matter in education?

Learning pathway: Educators care: Why open matters (Part 1)

If you have just joined us, you should set up your personal learning environment including a microblog account and course blog (see Orientation session). You can use WEnotes, twitter or Google+ for the microblog activities. We begin with a welcome from Stephen Downes followed by a short reflective reading on teaching as a vocation and profession. We look forward to reading your thoughts on the discussion activity. We commence our journey into open content licensing for educators by asking participants what they consider fair and reasonable practice using an online survey. We will wrap up Session 1 with a reflection on the meaning of freedom in education and you will share your thoughts with the group using microblog posts.

Resources to work through

No. Resource link
1 Have you established your personal learning environment for this course? If not consult:
2 Video Signpost - Stephen Downes
3 Reading reflection: Is teaching a vocation or profession
4 Permission to teach
5 Freedom to learn
6 Visit the #OCL4Ed microblog feed

Learning activities

Activity type Description Time Link
E-Activity If you have not done so already, please introduce yourself using your course blog. (Remember to register your blog on the course landing page.) 15 mins

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Declare yourself
Microblog After viewing the video signpost from Stephen Downes, share your thoughts with the OCL4Ed group. 5 mins Thoughts on video from Downes
Discussion Share your thoughts on education as a vocation or profession. 10 mins Vocation or profession forum
Open survey Open reflections on fair and reasonable practice of sharing 10 mins Survey
Microblog Microblog posts base on video of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on the importance of freedom in education. 5 mins Freedom to learn
Microblog Inspirational or creative microblog post on the importance of freedom in education. 5 mins Freedom to learn video
Learning reflection Post a learning reflection on Session 1 0.5 - 1 hour 1st Learning reflection

Session 2

Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 Dec 2012

What constitutes an open educational resource?

Learning pathway: Educators care: Why open matters (Part 2)

During Session 2 we consider issues associated with the ownership of ideas in education in a digital world. We introduce and define the concept of Open Education Resources (OER). While working through the materials below, we encourage participants to share their thoughts and reflections with the group via one of the microblogging tools: WEnotes, twitter or Google+. Remember to include the #OCL4Ed tag which is used to harvest posts for the aggregated course feed.

Resources to work through

No. Resource link
1 Video signpost - David Wiley
2 Ownership of ideas in a digital world
3 Towards a definition of OER
4 OER benefits and myths
5 Summary

Learning activities

Activity type Description Time Link
Microblog After viewing the video signpost from David Wiley, share your thoughts with the OCL4Ed group. 3 mins Microblog activity
Microblog After watching the short video on the Ownership of ideas, share what you think with the group. 3 mins Ownership of ideas
Quiz Reflections on the requirements for a definition on OER. 2 mins Defining OER
Discussion Barriers, opportunities and the way forward for OER 8 mins Google+ forum
Microblog Retweet your favourite Tweet from the #Open Textbook Tweet 10 mins Summary
Learning reflection Post a learning reflection on Session 2 0.5 - 1 hour 2nd Learning reflection

Session 3

Friday 7 and Monday 10 Dec 2012

What can educators legally copy in an online world?

Learning pathway: Copyright: Your educational right to copy

During Session 3 we explore the fundamentals of copyright including: the history, what copyright protects, who owns your copyright and how copyright works in an international context. This is pre-requisite knowledge to understanding your rights and how open content licensing works. There are a few taster quizes embedded in the course materials and we invite you to share your thoughts on WEnotes, twitter or Google+ using the #OCL4Ed tag as you work through and reflect on the materials. We conclude with a case study (with feedback to the core questions) and a reflective discussion activity.

Resources to work through

No. Resource link
1 Getting started and definitions
2 A brief history of copyright
3 How does copyright work in an international setting?
4 What works qualify for copyright protection?
5 Who owns the copyright of your work?
6 What does copyright protect and how long does it last?
7 What are the exceptions to copyright protection?
8 How do you transfer rights?

Learning activities

Activity type Description Time Link
Quiz Getting started: Copyright taster quiz 3 mins Introduction
Quiz Orientation questions 2 mins History of copyright
Microblog Reflect on how "copy" right has changed through history 3 min History of copyright
Quiz Copyright teaser quiz 2 mins Scope of copyright
Reading Consult relevant documentation to determine who owns the copyright of your creative works 15 mins Ownership of copyright
Microblog Share what you have found out and feel about the ownership of your creative works 3 mins Ownership of copyright
Microblog Share something new you learned about rights and protections 3 mins Rights and protections
Web resources Visiting institutions who have adopted open licensing policies 8 mins Transfer of rights
Case study Reviewing copyright implications for developing an online course on Shakespeare's Hamlet 20 mins Case study
Discussion Reflection and sharing of ideas on the Case study. 5 mins Forum reflection
E-Activity Develop a multiple choice question on copyright 1 - 2 hours Copyright MCQ

Session 4

Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 Dec 2012

How can educators refine their copyright for sharing knowledge?

Learning pathway: Creative Commons unplugged

During Session 4 we introduce the free legal tools provided by Creative Commons which educators can use to refine their copyright. The Session starts with a video signpost from Cathy Casserly of Creative Commons. We will explain how Creative Commons works and introduce the six licenses. Finally you will learn about the compatibility among the different licenses. We invite participants to share their thoughts and experiences WEnotes, twitter or Google+ using the #OCL4Ed tag.

Resources to work through

No. Resource link
1 Video signpost - Cathy Casserly
2 Introduction
3 The basics of Creative Commons
4 Overview of the license elements
5 The six Creative Commons licenses
6 Three layers of a Creative Commons license
7 Remix compatibility among the Creative Commons licenses
8 Summary

Learning activities

Activity Description Time Section link
Microblog After watching the video signpost from Cathy Casserly share your thoughts. 3 mins Video signpost
Video reflection View Justin Cone's video: "Creativity builds on the past" 2 mins Introduction
Microblog Post reflections on "Creativity builds on the past" video 2 mins Introduction
Video reflection Meet Creative Commoner, Justin Cone, who provides a behind the scenes reflection on making the video: "Creativity builds on the past" 8 mins Introduction
Microblog Post a few personal reflections after meeting Justin Cone. 3 mins Introduction
Video reflection View the "Wanna work together" video to gain an overview of Creative Commons. 3 mins The CC basics
Microblog Share what you learned with fellow course participants 2 mins The CC basics
Web activity Test your knowledge of the different Creative Commons licenses using the license chooser. 8 mins The CC licenses
Quiz Card game to test your knowledge of license compatibility using a number of remix scenarios. 8 mins Remix game
Microblog Sharing a closing thought about Creative Commons. 3 mins Learning reflection
E-Activity Practical remix, redistribution and licensing of open content materials. 2 hours Remix and relicense

Session 5

Thursday 13 and Friday 14 Dec 2012

What license should I use for open educational resources I create?

Learning pathway: The right license

During Session 5 we will consider recommendations on the choice of license for OER from the perspective of the OER Foundation, a "pro-freedom" educational charity. We will consider the Creative Commons licenses which meet the requirements of the free cultural works definition derived from the "essential freedoms" and why these are important for education. We conclude with technical issues which educators should consider in parallel with the choice of license.

Resources to work through

No. Resource link
1 Video signpost - Frances Ferreira
2 Introduction: Simple is best
3 The essential freedoms
4 The Free Cultural Works definition
5 FCW approved licenses
6 Technology issues

Learning activities

Activity type Description Time Link
Microblog After watching the video signpost from Frances Ferreira share your thoughts. 3 mins Microblog activity
Microblog Post recommendations and reasons for your preferred license 3 mins Introduction
Microblog Personal reflection on relationship between essential freedoms and license choice. 3 mins The essential freedoms
Video reflection Meet Chris Betcher, an Australian educator and #OCL4Ed participant who removed the Non-commercial restriction from his blog. 10 mins FCW Approved licenses
Discussion forum Debate on whether OER should favour commercial use. 10 mins Debate prep

Google+ forum

Microblog Reflections on realising the vision of free learning for all students worldwide using OER. 5 mins Technology issues
Quiz Mini quiz on open and free file formats. 2 mins Technology issues
Learning reflection Publish a learning reflection on Session 5. 1 hour 3rd Learning reflection
Course evaluation Please complete the short course evaluation survey to help us improve future OCL4Ed workshops. 6 mins Evaluation survey