The Certificate Awards Ceremony of the Professional Development Online Course, “OER-based e-Learning” was held on 11th June, 2015, at the Faculty of Education, OUSL. Dr. Vijitha Nanayakkara, Vice-Chancellor of OUSL, attended as the Chief Guest of the Ceremony. The academic staff members of OUSL who successfully completed all five modules of this fully online course of six months duration received “Certificates of Completion” at this occasion.
The ‘OER-based e-Learning’ online course was adapted and developed by OUSL in collaboration with the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), aiming at professional development of educators in integrating Open Educational Resources (OER) in teaching and learning. It was facilitated by Prof. Shironica Karunanayaka, Prof. J.C.N. Rajendra and Dr. Uditha Ratnayake at OUSL, guided by Prof. Som Naidu of Monash University, Australia. URL http://www.ou.ac.lk/home/index.php/news-events/817-professional-development-online-course-on-oer-based-e-learning-certificate-awards-ceremony
Understanding Open Educational Resources
By Butcher N & Moore A (COL 2015)
The fact that you are reading this lesson suggests that you have heard of open
educational resources (OER). Currently, there is a lot of buzz about OER. Some see
them as totally revolutionising how we bring learning materials into our education
system and use them, while others see OER from a more pragmatic perspective.
Before we start looking at OER, including their origin, benefits and challenges, it is
important to consider the problems that we are facing today in education. While
these problems range, in different countries, from lack of access to poor quality,
there is a common thread in most: low availability of good-quality educational
materials. Although learning materials are available, the cost of access in many
locations is very high and increases each year. For example, the cost of college
textbooks in the United States increased 82 per cent between 2002 and 2013— three
times the rate of inflation.1 According to the College Board, in the 2014–15
academic year, students in the USA spent about USD 1200 each on textbooks.2
Another study indicated that 65 per cent of U.S. students do not buy textbooks due
to prohibitive costs, despite being concerned about grades.3 Is this not alarming?
While there are many other reasons to support OER, the cost issue is a primary
factor in their growing popularity amongst students and teachers. URL: http://oasis.col.org/handle/11599/1013