Open Educational Resources and Language Instruction

Abstract:

This presentation begins with a quick overview of the history of sharing instructional resources, the latest manifestation of which is the Open Educational Resources movement. As a case study, Dr. Jones reviews the design, implementation and delivery of the French Online course through the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University with a short demonstration of the course. With this foundation he discusses possible future directions in OER projects both large and small, including the potential for student tracking and modeling, open authoring, discipline-specific repositories and social media integration. Next Dr. Jones touches on some of the issues associated with maintaining useful OER that may or may not benefit from continuing support or contribute to a professional portfolio. The presentation closes with an open discussion of what OER could or should mean to individual instructors in their quest to teach effectively and maintain collaborative relationships within the teaching profession.