Optimizing OERs for Optimal ICT Literacy in Higher Education

ID: 53910 Type: Best Practices
  1. Lesley Farmer, California St. University Long Beach, United States

Wednesday, March 20 12:00-12:15 PM

Presider:
Dr. Robin Yap, George Brown College, Canada

Increasingly, faculty realize that the importance of digital resources, not only for textbooks but also other materials that can be accessed online. Of special note are Open Educational Resources (OER). These freely available digital resources may be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed as set forth by the content’s creator’s license. A solid ICT literacy foundation provides a broad academic base for their effective access and use. Discipline-specific ICT literacy offers students the opportunity to gain and practice in-depth knowledge and skills within one academic field. The first step in integrating ICT literacy is to examine program and course student outcomes, and then determine how technology tools fit into the kind of learning faculty want students to experience, aligned with learning objective and supported by the institution. OERs can include such technology tools and guidance on how to use them. The session will provide examples of ICT-enriched ways to integrate OERs into the curriculum to gain and demonstrate competency, using engineering education as an example.

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