Student will understand and be able to apply:
Online tools and methods for learning and research: Including refereed publications, scientific data, searching tools and strategies, opencourseware and other open educational resources.
Library tools and methods for learning and research: how to use them and how these encompass, are different from, complement and/or are more/less effective than other online methods.
OER resources for research and learning - be able to identify where open access, e.g., or open textbooks, or open course content adds to, or detracts from, research and learning efforts or experiences, both in library and extra-library environments.
Understand how to evaluate materials that are available in different environments.
Understand how to use, and where appropriate, be able to contribute to, open materials.
Have control over: The underlying skills and practices of scholarly research and teaching and learning at a university. Basic conversation around OER – what are the underlying values driving its development; what are the societal benefits and costs; what are the targeted user groups; what are the institutional benefits and costs of its generation and availability; what are the benefits and costs for faculty, students and alumni of OER; what are the values for self-learners. How to identify OER. How to create and contribute OER. How to help others, including faculty, create OER.
Students will learn what OER are, how they fit into the knowledge work of a large university, and the context in which they have grown up, with a focus on the emerging communities of OER development at the University of Michigan.
Currently we are planning on an hour spent with each of the experts and project participants, and possible in depth interviews, as parts of student-selected project work, with them and/or other participants in the various projects, as we go through the course.
The course grade will be composed of:
A) Contributions to a class wiki, including chapter synopses, reviews of readings, speakers and student-chosen research areas – these will be individually assigned, ie, each student will do reviews, etc of some, not all, of the readings, speakers, etc.
B) a final exam covering readings, class speakers, wiki development, and lectures.
C) a project consisting of an at least 8-page student analysis of an aspect of one of the OER Communities covered in the course, or another similar project the student identifies in concert with the instructor; OR students have the choice to participate in the dScribe initiative, under the direction of the instructor and SI graduates working on the Open.Michigan initiative, to fulfill the project requirement.
D) participation on the class wiki, where we will be building references valuable for the case studies, putting the interviews and any course materials for discussion and Annotation and organizing and gardening as we go along. This may develop into an open textbook, modeled after those we will be discussing in the class, especially the UM ChemE model. Helping significantly to shepherd it is an option for the class project.
E) classroom participation over the semester, especially during the discussions with class speakers, asking questions, following up on areas of interest.
Weighting will be: A) 25% B) 25% C) 25% D) 20% E) 5%