Open Educational Resources (OER)

Book of the Week, Resources, Uncategorized

Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. It is the leading trend in distance education/open education and distance learning domain as a consequence of the openness movement. (Wikipedia)

The following resources are great examples of OER. With funding from Alberta Open Educational Resources, Bow Valley College and NorQuest College collaborated to create Open Educational Resources (OER) in the form of e-textbooks for both English language learners. They are designed to be facilitated by an instructor either in the form of an interactive e-textbook or of a printable textbook. The interactive e-textbook includes FREE audio, video, and interactive practice activities. The website provides absolutely in-class applicable Fillable PDFs (worksheets) under ‘Multimedia Files’. If it is too much learning for some, the textbook can be simply printed and used in class (downloadable and savable FREE).

  1.  In the Community: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook (NorQuest College, 2016)

This CLB 5-6 appropriate integrated skills textbook consists of five chapters helping learners notice, learn, and practice English in their community: Reception, Respect, and Relationships; Requests and Responses; Permission, Prohibitions, and Obligations; Apologies and Excuses; Opinions, Clarifying, and Filtering. Each chapter includes four skill activities, intercultural skills, some important essential skills, discussion, reflection, and vocabulary list. It is highly recommended for ESL instructors. Check this out.

  1. In the Workplace: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook (Bow Valley College, 2016)

This is also appropriate for CLB 5-6. It focuses on the workplace in Canada (Canadian workplace culture) and offers five objectives: Workplace Environment; Personal Management; Workplace Communications; Clients and Customers; Career Management. On top of all features mentioned above, Extension has been added to each chapter so that instructors can extend the lesson depending on her learners pace and needs.

Awesome e-textbooks!

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Learning by Doing (Gibbs, 1988)

Book of the Week

Learning by Doing

Graham Gibbs

Oxford Brookes University

(Oxford Center for Staff and Learning Development)

  • What is Experiential Learning Theory?
  • What does it mean in a lesson, in terms of an individual difference in learning and a curriculum?
  • What does it imply in support staff development?
  • How can it improve a program?

Will come back with my reflections soon.

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Gibbs 1988 reflective cycle

1. The Four Agreements

Book of the Week

by Don Miguel Ruiz, amber-Allen Publishing (1997)

A great book to reflect on the following areas:

  1. Don’t take anything personally.

  2. Don’t make assumptions.

  3. Always do your best.

Words are a little vague by looking at the word itself as ‘Domestication’. What is it? Then, I realize it is so true once I understand what the author meant and how powerful education can be. Not only in the positive aspects that we know and also in a different way that impacts our lives.

The second chapter ‘Be impeccable with your word’ also doesn’t tell much by reading the word ‘impeccable’ but covers an important thing too: Tell the truth.

This is a think small book and a very easy-read but reminded me of very important truths.

I like simple but impactful stuff nowadays.

I highly recommend this book.