Free educational resources for everyone?
A large proportion of the files available online continue to be used without complying with the rights and requirements of the authors. If you want to use the free educational resources for your own purposes, such as a course, it is crucial that the licencing and labelling of the material be correct. “We would like to make teachers and students aware of this issue. We provide information on various licences and give them practical ways to more safely use free educational resources,” says Atkins.
Training courses, online course and learning workshops organised by @LLZ give participants the opportunity to learn about what they need to consider when providing or using OER material. Instructors can acquire a “multimedia-based teaching” certificate after taking a block of training that includes didactic methods, tools and basic information about multimedia-based teaching and OER materials. “A themed week is planned for May or June where external speakers will talk about the topic of OER.”
Currently there is another fundamental problem says Atkins. “Nearly everyone wants to use free educational resources, but few people want to put their own material in the public domain. This won’t pay off in the end.” There needs to be trailblazers and good examples that demonstrate that the use and application of OER is worth it. Such people do exist in Halle. For many years Professor Christian Tietje has been broadcasting his law lectures live online. And sports educator Dr Andreas Günther has uploaded hundreds of short teaching videos to the Internet under a free licencing agreement. @LLZ advises and supports anyone interested in doing something similar.
Information about upcoming courses at @LLZ: www.llz.uni-halle.de/schulungen
Contact: Kevin Atkins
Centre for Multimedia-based Teaching and Learning (@LLZ)
Phone: 0345 5528682
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