Jeffrey Brady

Teaching students how to use technology without breaking the bank.

Blog Post created by Jeffrey Brady Expert on Feb 9, 2016

What does the phrase 'unlock the power Open Education' mean to you?


Working in higher education, to me, unlock the power Open Education means that there is unrealized potential in open resources due to the perception that for something to have true value it must have a corresponding cost. From my viewpoint, this could not be further from the truth. If anything, OER resources not only provide value for their content, but they also provide the additional value of potentially saving students from some of the additional costs associated with attainment of a higher education. Unlocking the power of Open Education means harnessing the power of those too often untapped resources.


Share a time when you leveraged OER for teaching and it (the resource or the experience) turned into something awesome!


I like to use open software in technology courses to allow students to have software that they can learn and use even after they have left the course without having to worry about a trial ending or purchasing an expensive license. One of those pieces of software is using CamStudio in place of Camtasia when an assignment requires demonstrating something that takes place on their computer. The ability for the students to take right to this software, with the help of YouTube tutorial, and the the products that they are able to create are amazing. If they eventually choose to learn something such as Camtasia, or even if I introduce t later during the semester, at least they already have some confidence built from their first productions experiences, and again, they were not under the pressure of a potentially expiring trial or purchasing a license.


Name one (or more, if you want) OpenEd repositories or tools do you use and why?


One of the OpenEd repositories that I like to use is the Public DomainReview as it announces when items that were previously held under copyright are released to the public domain.  I also like the Open Education Consortium as they not only offer open textbooks, but they also provide tips for leveraging open educational resources in the classroom.


Anything else about Open Education you want to share (a poem, a music video, a wordle, a drawing...)?


The following video is one that I use an as example of what can be done with software that is free. While the student would need to have access to a computer running Windows, which is not free. The video itself is created using Windows Movie Maker, which can be had for free from Microsoft's site. Also, the audio is recorded and edited using Audacity, another piece of free software.