OERs, an acronym which stands for Open Educational Resouces, allow teachers to do in tier teaching everything internet enables ! Education has never been so democratic thanks to OER, and I think it is now teachers‘ responsibility to integrate suche costless and numerous resources in their teaching practice. However, adding these resources in my teaching hasn’t been a conscious and deliberate choice, but rather a natural evolution of my pedagogical choices. Nevertheless, I couldn’t say that I am a geek teacher keen on technology, but I am willing to optimize my students’ learning experience and when technology helps, I become an enthusiastic adopter.

Here are the three rules I try to follow with OERs :

  • The choice of OER is crucial. I think it’s very important to select the right source of information, if possible with scientific references. I am fond of Itunes education and of Ted talks for instance.
  • To adapt OER to students‘ needs. I avoid to give them an online resource as it appears on the Internet. If I taught this way, my teaching would have no added value to my students learning path. I always try to make the most of a resource and find a way to integrate interactivity. It could be through a rated online annotation of a pdf thanks to perusall.com developped at harvard University. It could be a cropped video with reflective pauses and integrated quizes thanks to educanon.com or camtasia.com
  • I consider it is essential to keep in mind John Biggs constructive alignment. Whatever the chosen teaching strategy, teachers need to pay attention to have an overview of the learning path. What are the expected learning outcomes ist he first step to analyze in order to choose the appropriate teaching strategies while assessing students’ progress during the whole process. However, we shouldn’t design a course in a rigid way, leaving some space for errors, hesitations and throwbacks during classtime is effective.

I get inspired by OERs and I hope I inspire others as well. Moreover, OERs are about sharing and I am deeply convinced that education is about sharing. A teacher shares material and teaching activities with his students while students share their learning with their teachers. It’s a continuous circle of sharing and improvement both from the teacher’s perspective and the student’s perspective. Sharing in education is the key to a better world !