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An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)
An introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)

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4 Redesigning some OER

In Activity 3 we give you the option to redesign some OER material for learners that you choose. You may be working in training or education and have some learners in mind. You may be thinking of your friends or family, and of things you feel they might like to learn.

Activity 3

Timing: Between two and three hours
  • Find some OER material (for example, from one of the sites in Activity 2) that interests you, or that you think you might like to develop. It could be on a topic you know about, or something completely new.
  • Decide who your learners are – what they already know (if anything) about the topic you’ve chosen, what might get them interested. (You may need to cycle through these first two bullet points a few times, before you settle on some material and some learners.)
  • Now that you’ve found the material, and have decided on your learners, set out what you see as the material’s strengths and weaknesses. What’s missing? Does it go into too much detail, or not enough? If the material’s on a topic that is completely new to you, you can test it against your own requirements: does it help you learn?
  • Find or suggest some new content – and explain what this adds to the existing material, and why you feel it will be useful and relevant for your learners.