My OER Goals

17 Oct

I’m looking forward to connecting with and learning from you all this year (see goal #5) and excited to see where this project takes my teaching practices (hopefully further into the 21st century!).  Here are my goals in developing OERs for my developmental writing courses here at Lane:

1) Transfer all WR095 course content to open-access, universally accessible online format: currently, I do not require a textbook and post all my handouts/presentations and other course information/content to Moodle.  I would like to move away from the restrictive Moodle formatting (and other, ahem, issues), so that ultimately all the course content I develop can be accessed by anyone with internet access, shared widely, and follow me no matter where/when I am teaching.

2) “Flipping” course materials:  I attended an interesting breakout session at Spring Conference on the concept of “flipping” a classroom; that is, making the lecture, traditionally reserved for the classroom, the homework, and allowing class time for students to work on what has traditionally been deemed “homework.”  I’m curious how this might work in a developmental writing classroom and would love to experiment over the next few months by creating videos, screencasts, and other web tools. My hope is that I can better leverage the power of web tools to help my students learn/remain engaged outside the classroom while simultaneously creating more space within the allotted class time to workshop their writing with direct help from their peers and instructor.

3) Share my current OER practices/materials on Merlot and with other faculty here at Lane: in addition to requiring my students to set up and maintain writing blogs in my courses (and I blog along with them!), I have numerous documents and presentations that I have been hoarding (in that I’ve only shared with students and only on Moodle). In the spirit of open-access, it’s about time to share!  I want to see what you’ve got going on, so it’s time I reciprocate and show you what I’ve been up to this last year.  

4) Make connections with other faculty here at Lane:  as a part-time instructor, my tendency is to come, prepare, teach, and leave.  But I know that making connections with other faculty and staff will not only deepen my repository of best practices and provide much needed feedback on my own, but is also invaluable in terms of my ability to know how to better leverage Lane’s most powerful open educational resources: it’s people.  

5) I want an iPad.  Keepin’ it real, folks. 🙂