“The focus of many open education projects is to provide access to education. But what does access mean? If the materials are not accessible for each and every student, do they fulfill the mandate to deliver fully open education? The open education movement has helped students access content that they would otherwise not be able to view or interact with. Open education resources reduce costs for students and allow for greater flexibility for instructors. Accessibility can help push the movement even further forward.”
In this hands-on, interactive workshop we will help you modify your existing teaching material so that it is more accessible and open. Come to this workshop with an assignment (or two) or with any other teaching resource that you would like to update so that will become open and more accessible.
I also encourage everyone to consider applying to the tuition free international mentorship program called Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW).
This program could be of interest to educators who have been teaching for a number of years and who wish to expand their skills in creation and use of OER material. The program is also suitable for professionals who work as educators (broadly defined) within NGOs, private sector, or other organizations and are interested in developing OER. Finally, the program is open also to anyone else interested in developing their own OER project and would like to participate in this mentoring program.
OE4BW is committed to the success of all developers who join the program to create work that will add value for a better world. All developers will have access to the resources, training, and on-going support to be successful and further harness their experience and skills for long-term commitment to OER. Developers will also have unparalleled access to experts and thought-leaders in OER creation, open education, and open pedagogy, as well as an opportunity to meet with peers and fellow emerging OER advocates.
By joining this cohort of OER creators, you can help shape the future of open education.
In addition, a panel of hub coordinators will evaluate each project, and those that are approved will be offered an OE4BW label/seal, receive a certificate of completion, and will be highlighted on the OE4BW site. The developers of these selected projects will also be allowed to include this certification and label in their resumes and CVs, personal websites, and on their OER material.
The deadline for the application for developers is 20 November 2022 (23:59 CET).
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