Tips and Resources
Tips & Resources
This is a collection of resources compiled for and by participants in the FLO MicroCourse: Open Options to Enrich your Career.
Note: We asked participants to share back any resources they found relevant during daily Quick Quests and had so many great contributions that I've posted these at the top and the collection of open-ed options we started the course with afterwards. Sylvia.
Resources suggested by participants
(which prompted the facilitators to add more!)
Last minute ideas from Gina found in the CC-OPENEDU mailing list:
Interested in learning to make Videos for Education and Instruction? Here's the link to register for this Feb. 10 event; & here's the description:
"This presentation will provide an introduction to the process of making videos. Examining the three stages of video creation (pre-production, production/recording, and post-production) the aim will be to provide an understanding of what is required to make videos with a focus on educational/instructional contexts. Specific emphasis is placed on how design decisions about various facets (e.g. audience, technology, purpose) affect other elements and possible enable or constrain future choices." The 2 presenters are with the University of Alberta.
- Great pic from the January photo challenge on Wikimedia Commons of BC's legislative buildings at night . Thanks, Kerry B.! and more info on how - How-to: Upload an Image to Wikimedia
- from DannaB - I found this wonderful image which will be perfect to use for color theory!
Open Textbooks (& resources) (subject interest noted where available)
- Humanities text: "Introduction to Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies" by Kang, Lessard, Heston and Nordmarken (2017). https://open.bccampus.ca/browse-our-collection/find-open-textbooks/?subject=Gender%20and%20Sexuality. Thanks, Norma S.!
Textbook Blueprint for Success in College and Career is a guide to becoming a successful student: https://press.rebus.community/blueprint2/ "I often have students in their first year of PS and it would be helpful to extract portions of this book for specific lessons. Goal setting, time management etc." - Thanks, Danna B.!
- Textbook History of International Relations: A Non-European Perspective, by Erik Ringmar, "appears to be a great resource, especially as look at colonization and decolonization in comparative international contexts." Available for free download at https://www.openbookpublishers.com/product/228. Thanks, Kerry B.!
- Book by Tony Bates: Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for designing teaching and learning . "...very timely and thorough". Thanks, Judy W.!
- related: follow-up targeted presentations on Tony's blog, based on the 2nd edition of Teaching in a Digital Age... look helpful to
anyone moving into teaching online. Thanks, Sylvia R.!
- English for Academic Purposes: this textbook: Building Blocks of Academic Writing (https://opentextbc.ca/buildingblocks/) is recommended by Branca M. Branca says: "...In addition to different types of writing, this OER offers some grammar, business documentations, and oral presentations."
- LibreTexts is an Open Textbook project initiated by the University of California, hosting mostly texts related to STEM fields. watch over on our YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.
com/watch?v=LU0lxFE4hpU&t=4s.(thanks to Gina for a late-breaking resource)
Open Course and/or Resources
- related to participant find above Blueprint for Success in College and Career - 2 resources created by Mary Shier of COTR, both related to student success. ... an online course in Education and Career Planning as well as an Open textbook Student Success to accompany the course - thanks GinaB
- Thanks to Kerry B., here's a resource from the OER Map: Extracted from a third year course called Sustainability and the Environment (EGS 3021F) in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science , University of Cape Town. This 4 week module "introduces the concept of vulnerability and explores its origin, drawing on three different conceptual approaches namely Risk/Hazard, Political economy/ecology and Ecological resilience". Kerry reports: "The module, which was compiled by Gina Ziervogel, features six PowerPoint presentations aligning to six sections on the module, and includes student activities for each section. While it has a South African focus in parts, it could be adapted to other case studies. It can be found here
- Thanks to BrancaM for sharing her find from the OER Map:
Teaching international students have led me to look for different ways to help them express themselves. The focus of the community storytelling is in individual expressions through multidisciplinary forms of media https://storytogo.ca/classroom/ Free courses in Defining a Story, Write & Code Interactive Stories (using Elementari) Mindfulness Strategies, Yoga, Media Literacy ( to critically evaluate online resources.'Two Truths and a Lie Online' ).
- Thanks to Annie P-G, here are three excellent MOOCs on Indigenous Education or Indigenization of Higher Ed curriculum (included with Annie's commentary & Annie recommends viewing these in this order)
- U Alberta's Indigenous Canada,
which is an overview of indigenous history, perspective, and world
view. Production quality is amazing. Love the activities where you get
to explore a commissioned indigenous art piece on the issue of the
module. Intro-level course, covers all of Canada. (Coursera, available
- UofT's Aboriginal WorldViews and Education. The production quality is not as high, but I thought they tackled different issues and the lecturer is fantastic. You end feeling that you have had a good, open conversation with a friend. Focused on Ontario, but applicable more broadly. (Coursera, available anytime)
- UBC's Reconciliation through Indigenous Education
. More advanced (I
took this course first and it was hard, I wish I had done it after
taking Indigenous Canada as I didn't understand enough about indigenous
history and perspective to apply it to the specialized field of
applied. (EdX, offered in cohorts)
- Learn about ethical edtech" in this resource recommended by Rhonda W.: the wiki media page Welcome to Ethical Edtech: https://ethicaledtech.
info/wiki/Meta:Welcome_to_. Rhonda says: "I was made aware of this resource when I attended a conference on critical digital pedagogy... (it's a)resource for educators by educators. I would recommend a look." Ethical_EdTech
- Related resources provided by Sylvia R.
- discussions hosted at TRU January 15th to February 26th Digital Detox 2021 (take time to read the explanation; by host Brenna Clarke Gray, Coordinator, EdTech.
- UVic's thorough guide to privacy issues in the use of edtech
(it's not open licensed but it is open to use
- browse info about where popular tools store data
- From Jacquie H: "... a resource called "Online Activity Breaks" developed at BCIT by Erica Hargreaves. It's a series of videos with short activity breaks for those working online. I can add this as a Wellness resource."
- In a similar vein, from Sylvia R.: "... you might enjoy the BCcampus recording of Yukon's Gurdeep Pandher leading us in a Fun Friday event to dance bhangra-style."
- in response to some comments and mentions of the role of social media - (from SR) If you're looking for
help in using social media, Sue Beckingham (Sheffield Hallam University)
has shared a rich blog resource - open licensed Social Media for Learning
open access - varying levels of openness, scope, timeliness
Academic Presses or Textbook collections
- Alberta: Athabasca University Press - open access University of Calgary Press - Open Access
- British Columbia - BCcampus OpenEd - Find Open Textbooks UBC
Press - Open Access books Royal Roads University - Open Textbooks
- Saskatchewan - UofSaskatchewan - Open Textbooks
- ecampusontario - Open Library (searchable - open textbooks and OER)
- USA - OpenStax College (Rice University) - Open SUNY (State University of New York) - Wikibooks
Public Library of Science
- PLOS is a non-profit publisher and advocacy organization focused on science and medicine. Every article they publish is open access.
pivot to online teaching - resources to learn more about teaching online
- Resources shared freely during the initial pivot to online teaching and learning during the COVID-19 crisis. Some parts of these resources may no longer be publicly accessible - some parts are very specific to the internal educational technologies,
policies and practices. However, there are some real nuggets of value - worth reviewing if you are new to online teaching and learning
open - registration required - offered at specific dates - times
- MOOCs - offered by Canadian institutions - https://www.mooc-list.com/countries/canada
- University of Alberta - MOOCS (eg, Mountains 101)
- University of BC - MOOCs (eg, Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education)
- Coursera - Top Canadian Courses
- MOOCs - offered by LMS providers
- MOOCs offered by partnerships
- OERu (OER universitas) - an international consortium with Canadian partners including BCcampus, Contact North, Thompson Rivers and Kwantlen - free online learning courses, some
micro-courses, pay for formal assessments.
- MOOCs: Offered by international providers
Short Courses - Webinars
open to all, registration required, often recorded and shared
- BCcampus Events - a mixture of conferences and webinars grouped by topic or interests - focused on supporting post-secondary educators in BC
- Webinar recordings (often with linked resources)
- BCcampus Facilitating Learning Online - courses and community - badges available
- Open UBC Webinars - how to make your open education, open data, or open science project a success.
- Special topic webinars - you'll need to monitor the teaching and learning sections of universities that are active in open practices-open education
- OpenLearn - free learning from The Open University (UK)
- Open Yale Courses - John Hopkins School of Public Health - Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
- OEDb (Open Education Database) - searchable list (of OER courses and materials
open licensed, self-directed study or course building
- MIT OpenCourseWare - open access and licensed course materials, resources, outlines - various subjects Note: fledgling model of openness - provides access to course materials (incl.
videos) and syllabi
- Open Yale Courses - only provides access to a selected number of introductory courses, some limitations on use - lecture recordings available as video, audio, text transcripts
- John Hopkins School of Public Health - searchable collection of public health learning materials used in teaching their courses - non-commercial use only
- BCcampus (SCoPE) and Royal Roads University - OER Moodle courses
open licensed, tools to build courses
- Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative - access to low cost courses for educators or students, offers options to develop (and deliver) courses on their platform, learning engineering approach
- Opencourseware - Wikiipedia article includes international OCW
- Archived course from P2PU - Open Science: An Introduction although now archived & not monitored, provides an excellent self-guided overview
- University College of Dublin - Teaching and Learning OERs (have used their resources for online design, assessment - found them high quality and well-referenced)
use or participate in creating open learning resources
- Wikiversity - focuses on learning resources, projects and research in all types of education (including professional training and informal learning.
- P2PU Learning Circles - free in-person study groups for people who want to learn new things with others
Collections - media
collections of media - mixed licenses - topics of interest for educators?
- Wikimedia Commons - all open licensed - searchable by topics, subjects, etc.
- Images - Animations, Diagrams, Drawings, Maps, Paintings, Photos, Symbols
- Sounds - Music, Pronounciation, Speeches, spoken Wikipedia
- Videos - by author, license, source
Creative Commons search tool, lets you lets you pick a number of image sources you want to search across including Flickr, Fotopedia, Google Images, Open Clip Art Library, Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay. The CC Search tool automatically filters your search to find Creative Commons licensed resources that you can share, use, and remix.
Google Images - scroll down in advanced search and set “usage rights” parameters to be “Free to use, share, or modify”.
- search Flickr by CC license
- Example of local channel - ETUG Flickr channel - check CC-license on images
Virtual Microscope Collections (wow! just discovered this trove!)
- The Collections are the core of the Virtual Microscope project: each one a unique, open educational resource created by The Open University in collaboration with one or more partners. Every Collection gives you
access to virtual thin sections – and in some cases virtual hand
specimens as well – of a range of samples for you to study as if using a
specialist petrological microscope. You can observe the properties, size, shape, proportion and colour of minerals in the sample, as well as textures and microstructures, piecing together clues to the rock’s history – or just marvelling at the interplay
of colours and patterns.
- for Math teachers (or students): My Open Math. From the website: "Are you a student looking to study mathematics on your own, and want to do exercises with immediate feedback as you work through a free and open textbook? ... Are you an instructor who wants to adopt an open textbook, who feels online interactive homework is valuable, but doesn't want their students to have to pay an additional fee?"
collections of OERs to reuse, repurpose, remix, reshare
- the Wikiverse - more than just resources - but you can start by exploring what's available by scrolling to the bottom of the page and visiting each of the projects
- from BC Open Education Librarians - "search resources like SOL*R, OER Commons or Merlot, or even popular sites like Youtube, which contain a great deal of scholarly content — if you know how to uncover it. You can also explore the OER repository rubric and other OER finding tools."
- from Thompson Rivers University library - two OER search engines - OASIS and MOM (Note: check out links on the left for all kinds of ideas of how to find OER media and resources
Websites to explore
open collections of information, multimedia, learning options
- OpenDoor - Commonwealth of Learning - curated page of resources, webinars, videos - international in scope - diverse group of organizations
- Open Culture - free cultural and educational media on the web - much is open licensed, site is curated - broad spectrum of resources, courses, etc.
Options to practice / participate
- a new Program for Open Scholarship and Education from UBC - a 6
month flexible and blended program (not sure of cost?)
- Open Education Week - annually since 2013, by OE Consortium, events around the world - get inspired by searching their online library of past events - BCcampus participation since 2015; check out eg from 2020 - UBC OEWeek 2020
- another Open Education Conference - this one is a cooperative effort by Rice University's OpenStax, SPARC, and others - aim is that this will transition to indpendent
- OE Global Conference - pre-COVID this was a blended event (in person & online); 2020 it was completely online. Check out the keynote panel "Transformation and Empowerment: Open Education Professional Development" facilitated by Paul Stacey.
- self-guided open textbook - Working Group Guide - to help you develop a working group (community?)
and to try out an OER Sprint
- Contribute - eg., Open Case Studies at UBC - how to get involved!
- Suggestions for exploring open pedagogy from KPU
- Hypothesis comments from aelder - on Iowa State University: A State OER Starter Kit - helpful ideas !
- "Quill West's Open Pedagogy Assignments Google Doc and The Open Ed Group's list of OER-Enabled Pedagogy Examples share some great examples of how you can engage students in the process of creating or refining OER for your class."
- Challenge yourself - try an activity - http://openlearning.ubc.ca/