There are a few things you should know about the OCL4Ed course:
- Course tag: The course code for Open Content Licensing for Educators is: OCL4Ed. Write this down because you will use this tag for posting on Twitter, Google+ and your blog posts.
- Suggested study time: This is an asynchronous course which means you can participate at times which are convenient for your own schedule. The course is divided into 5 sessions. We have allocated 2 working days for each session. You should aim to spend approximately 1 to 1.5 hours per session at times which suite your own schedule. We estimate you will need about 10 hours of study time to complete the course. Learners participating in this course for formal academic credit will need to allocate additional time for the required E-Activities and final assignment. Formal assessment would require approximately 30 hours of additional learning effort.
- Receiving course instructions: If you registered for this course on WikiEducator and confirmed a valid email address, you will receive the course instructions for each session via email. If for any reason you are unable to access email or don't receive these course instructions, copies of the course announcements are posted on the learning console (Bookmark this page).
- International time zones: OERu courses typically register students across 24 time zones. You should study this course in your own time zone. For example, carry out the instructions for Tuesday on your Tuesday, not the time zone of your facilitators.
- Using social media technologies: If you are new to using social media technologies, we provide detailed tutorials and instructions to help you set up your own personal learning environment during the orientation session. We recommend that you establish your personal learning environment before the course commences. Blog's are optional, however, learners who are interested in an open badge, certificate of participation or formal assessment for course credit will need to create a personal course blog (or you can use your existing blog).
- Information overload: At times the aggregated feed can generate a large number of posts. You are not expected to read everything. Read what is current when you log in and follow the links which you find interesting. After a few days you will identify participants with similar interests and you can then follow these posters in the feed.
- Learn by doing and sharing: Most of all, have fun! We are changing the world for the better by returning to the core value of sharing knowledge in education.