Our New Hub on OER Commons

Our New Hub on OER Commons

As we wade into the summer season, we’re sharing news about our recently-finished Hub on OER Commons. This Hub will serve as a platform for collaboration and resource sharing, with a focus on both private co-authoring inside working groups and outward-facing collections that demonstrate some of the OER energy flowing throughout the University of Hawaiʻi system.

Our hub consists of several distinct parts:

Are you a UH instructor or faculty and would like access to our member or working groups? Sign up for an OER Commons account and then hit the “Request to join” button where you would like to take part. Over the next year we will be transitioning prior work done in our OER sprints into working groups, better capturing the in-progress work and supporting collaborative discussions that had no central home before.

Earlier this year the fine folx at ISKME (Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education) conducted a set of trainings that explain the ins and outs of our Hub, including collections and features we are just beginning to build out. One of the single most powerful features of our Hub is that we can not only upload our own OER into specific collections and groups, but can also draw on the thousands of resources already on the OER Commons platform. We first found inspiration for our Hub by browsing the Network Hubs already in existence OER Commons, getting an idea of how other higher education institutions and networks have organized themselves and worked together around shared content and ideas.

There will be more to share as the Fall semester approaches and we look to support the dozens of OER projects currently in the works at the University of Hawaiʻi. Aloha!

Posted by Billy Meinke in OER, Online Education, Training
February OER Commons Hub Virtual Training: Curation and Creation

February OER Commons Hub Virtual Training: Curation and Creation

Join us next week for a series of training workshops hosted by the folx at OER Commons! UH is nearing the launch of our own Hub on OER Commons, a place for curating useful OER and collaborating across the system. Trainings will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday February 9-11th at 12noon, run for one hour, and will be recorded for those who are unable to join synchronously. The OER curation session will be held a second time at 12noon on Wednesday, February 17th.

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Session 1: Introduction to Open Educational Resources and Practices
When: Feb 9, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Get to know our recently launched University of Hawai’i OER Project Hub. This informative session will provide participants with an opportunity to explore, contribute, and collaborate with our dynamic OER community, which is dedicated to improving teaching and learning throughout Hawai’i.

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Session 2: Curating Open Educational Resources to Improve Teaching and Learning

When: Feb 10, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join us for a deep dive into OER curation and exploration of best practices for identifying, evaluating, organizing, and sharing high-quality course materials. We will discuss and practice how to effectively leverage collaborative tools and curation workflows to improve teaching and learning.

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Registration 2: When: Feb 17, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this training:–urjgpH9FTRDCsVVVr-QOZh2PRTjwB

Session 3: Creating Open Educational Resources for Courseware Improvement
When: Feb 11, 2021 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

This engaging webinar will provide faculty, librarians, and instructional designers with an opportunity to discover how to best utilize OER tools for courseware improvement, including design, authoring, and remixing. We will also explore exemplar resources and use cases from Universities and Colleges, and discuss workflows for peer review, reflection, and refinement of resources.

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These sessions aim to familiarize instructor and librarians with Open Educational Resources, focusing on the OER Commons platform and our own customized Hub. The UH OER Hub hosts subject collections, helps organized group activities, and makes it easy for anyone to create bite-sized lessons from existing OER or from scratch.

Be sure to create an OER Commons login if you plan to attend!

Posted by Billy Meinke in OER, Training