4 Tips to Designing Open Ed Field Trips

Blog Post created by katie@instructure.com Employee on May 31, 2016

Who doesn't love a good field trip, right?! We all know the advantages students have when they take their learning to the real world.


If you plan on participating in the Summer Contest: Best. Field Trip. Ever.  then check out these OER tips and apply them to making your field trip prompts and assignments much more open and accessible:


  • A good OER is clearly described. Teachers want to know more about the resources they may potentially use. At the very least, consider including the purpose of the field trip, the learning objectives, and a list of materials, facilitation notes, assignments and/or activities.
  • A good OER includes a open license. This seems like a no brainer: if you want to share, be sure your licensing reflects the type of sharing accordingly. Re-visit the criteria for the different Creative Commons licenses and decide which one you want to use. All CC licenses are open, but CC-Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs might be considered more restrictive than a simple CC-Attribution. Luckily, when sharing your field trips to Canvas Commons, you will have a selection of open licensing options.
  • A good OER is easy to find. Creative field trip titles or fun assignment names are great, but teachers typically search for resources using common language. Tag your resource using frequently used words for subject, grade level, outcomes, and any other metadata to help other teachers find your resource, effectively. The more tags, the better!
  • A good OER is imperfect. The whole idea of OER is to share resources so others can modify and use them, making open resources much more dynamic. Forget about polishing all aspects of your resources. Focus on making it effective and adaptable. If you're designing assignments and activities for a field trip to the Children's Discovery Museum in San Jose, CA -- perhaps those assignments and activities will work at a different (but similar) children's museum in a different city, state. If it works for you, chances are it will work well for other teachers, too.


The best open resources are those where teachers are not afraid to share them.