Sunday, 10 June 2018

Time to create your own learning resources

Lecturers interested in developing Open Educational Resources at CPUT could soon have the benefit of a R10 000 grant. 

The Centre for Innovative Educational Technology (CIET) has sent out an open call for grant proposals to create innovative resources.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that allows their free use and repurposing by others.

These could be full courses, modules, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software or any tool, technique or material that could support access to knowledge.

Senior Lecturer in CIET Daniela Gachago says they successfully tried a similar project in 2016 when various lecturers developed an array of teaching materials. One lecturer created a self-study app for isiXhosa tutorials while a librarian created an information literacy module using various learning styles.

CIET later used these resources to develop their guides for online learning and assessment. She said while the resource could take any form, the overriding idea is that the material will be shared under a Creative Commons licence, “so it should be open to anybody to use.” Gachago says the project became especially pertinent during campus closures during protests.

“One of the things you have to understand about Open Education is that you have to put yourself out there. What you create is out in the world and that can be uncomfortable, that your voice is out there. “So we had conversations that were meant not only to reassure each other but also to peer review the quality of what we put out.

” She encouraged anyone who wanted to submit a proposal to “think open, think sharing, think generously” and to use openly available software to make their resources available to anyone.

*If you are interested in submitting a proposal (deadline June 15, 2018) email GachagoD@cput.ac.za or read the CIET OER blog for more information about the Open Education Project at CPUT.

Written by Theresa Smith

Email: smitht@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Applied Sciences and Engineering Faculties and the Wellington Campus.