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Lydia Thorne Post 1

3 June 2018, 11:30 PM

OER Day 3

As a librarian, I often work in online leaning environments and am always exploring new technologies that I can use in my practice to make content more accessible to my students (i.e. research guides, videos, tutorials, etc.).

In terms of professional development, I also often find myself seeking out opportunities online, having very little funding at this point in my career to attend conferences and workshops or to take classes of interest. I regularly follow discussions on Twitter, read blog posts from other professionals both in and outside my field, and more recently, have explored MOOCs as a way to develop my knowledge and skills. I like how these options are often free or low cost and asynchronous, which allows me to learn at my own pace and from a vast community of learners from all over the world. 

I'm not a very artistic person, but this quick diagram shows how I view my own learning process, which is very circular and never-ending.

Jenni Hayman Post 2 in reply to 1

3 June 2018, 11:48 PM

Thank you for sharing Lydia, it's a great diagram in that it communicates your process. Librarians are often at the core of open initiatives on their campuses, there's a really big open librarian community. I'm guessing if you're tech savvy and using social media you have heard of SPARC and explored the Creative Commons community as well. 

Lydia Thorne Post 4 in reply to 2

13 June 2018, 11:47 PM
Hi Jenni,

I have heard of SPARC but am probably not as involved in the community as I should be. I know SPARC regularly hosts Community Calls for example - but it always seems like the day-to-day tends to get in the way. Hoping one works out schedule wise in the future. 

I'm familiar with Creative Commons as well (I try to use CC images where possible in my work, for example). But I have definitely learned more about licensing and attribution through this course than I did previously, which is great. Thanks :)


Irwin Devries Post 3 in reply to 1

4 June 2018, 1:46 AM

Librarians are key resources in curating and making more resources accessible to students and scholars. There is also growth in librarians with expertise in open educational resources. It's wonderfrul to see how this field is adapting to, and thriving in, the digital world of learning and OER.


Norbert Boruett Post 5 in reply to 1

14 June 2018, 10:42 AM

Very clear, i have learnt something