It's not just about (trying to be) Indiana Jones

Blog Post created by on Mar 3, 2016

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


Unlocking the power of Open Education means that students are not bound by restrictions imposed on them by budgetary restraints. I don't think anyone wants to hold access to information back from anyone, especially people willing to learn. Open Education and the resources it involves has the power to bridge socio-economic factors and start to level the playing field. Everyone can learn what they want at their own pace in their own time. If this is done correctly it will change the world, and bring about a more informed society who does not fear knowledge, but can respect and harness it.


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


Being in my early career I have not had the opportunity to use Open Education Resources to teach people yet. However I am seeing them being created more and more at my institution as a way to increase student interest and bring education to those who would otherwise not have access. As a result we are also seeing an increase in students who are enrolling in classes because of the peak in their interest from these courses. They are showing people who may have given up on learning that they can always keep on learning if they are passionate about it.


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


I like to browse the Open Educational Resources OER Commons which has a large database of resources created for all levels across a number of disciplines. These resources can give me ideas for teaching resources I can create for my classes as well as let me see where some public misconceptions about a field can come from. Through Open Education discipline can help to update the public psyche about a field that has been drummed into them by popular culture.


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

(a.k.a. what's going to get your blog post the most views/likes/comments and win you the ultimate prize?)


This is what I am talking about. Breaking the public perception they get based on popular culture!


Although sometimes we don't help our own cause: