Promoting Digital Literacy through OER: the release, use and reuse of open educational resources

  • Date: 5 Jul 2012
  • Start Time: 09:15 am
  • Location/venue: University of Bedfordshire, hosted at: St Anne's College, University of Oxford, Woodstock Road Oxford , UK, OX2 6HS

This event was hosted as part of the Higher Education Academy's OER Workshop and Seminar Series

09.15-14.00

Information about the event:

The aims of the workshop are to:

  • promote critical discussion in relation to the release, use and reuse of OER in relation to digital literacy and teaching and learning;
  • provide opportunities for professional networking and practitioner dialogue across ITE/teacher education and higher education providers of PG Certs in HE;
  • disseminate findings from discipline-specific OER projects; specifically ‘Education’ in relation to a) the use of OERs to support and promote digital literacy and creativity for university tutors following PG Certs in HE and b) ITE tutors and student teachers;
  • facilitate the national sharing of practice across HEIs; specifically across ITE/teacher education and higher education providers of PG Certs in HE, as both promote teaching and learning and enhancement of digital literacy.

Programme:

9.15-10.00 Registration and refreshments

10.00-10.15 Welcome and introduction

A welcome to the half-day workshop at St Annes College, Oxford University from Sarah Younie, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bedfordshire.

Introduction and address from Alison Le Cornu, Academic Lead for Flexible Learning, Higher Education Academy

10.15–11.00 Keynote - Peter Twining

The Open University Director of Vital will outline OER that are available from the OU to all HE and ITE tutors. The Open University will share their work on OER, and explore those that address digital literacy and creativity. Also consideration will be given to how the Vital OER relate to the UK PSF (Professional Standards Framework) for university teachers.

11.00- 12.00 Workshop 1

The first workshop session will draw on the findings from the ‘DeFT: Digital Futures in Teacher Education’ OER project, part of the UK Open Educational Resources initiative, led jointly by the HEA and JISC on behalf of HEFCE, with a view to sharing practice.

Within the project the team are developing an online-based open textbook 'Digital Literacy for Open and Networked Learning', which will incorporate resources addressing the opportunities and challenges of embedding digital literacies within teacher education at all levels as well as a set of tools and resources for embedding OER within the school sector.

12.00-12.30 Buffet Lunch

12.30 – 1.30 Workshop 2

The second workshop session will draw on the findings from the ‘Digital Literacy and Creativity’ OER project, with a view to sharing practice. This workshop will draw on the findings from the ‘Digital Literacy and Creativity’ OER project, which will share OER that are suitable for all HE teachers and, which link to the UK PSF. The session will focus on the needs of HE tutors with respect to digital literacy and examine conditions needed to support HE tutors in developing their digital literacy skills through the use of OER.

1.30 – 2.00 Plenary

The key outcomes from the two projects will be presented, followed by a drawing together of pertinent issues from everyone’s experiences of the day.

The sessions will focus on the needs of HE and ITE tutors in the field of higher education and teacher education with respect to digital literacy and examine conditions needed to support tutors in developing their digital literacy skills. We will also explore the understandings of teacher educators when it comes to appropriate practice with/through digital literacy as well as what the most appropriate means are to assess understandings of digital literacy pedagogies. Furthermore, we will touch upon the relationship between understandings of open educational practice and the use of digital tools for learning and teaching, including ways in which digital literacy issues influence the use, re-use, and creation of OER. Finish with ‘Q & A’ - questions and answer session at the end of the plenary.

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