Web 2.0 Open Education Resources
How will you use open source resources to enhance learning?
Course Syllabus

This one unit online course consists of 4 modules It is for educators (K-14) who want to learn more about online resources for education. It is also a good course for non-eduators who want to learn more about how to use open education resources for their own academic, work, or family needs.


Learners will:

  1. Define OER (Open Education Resources) terminology and use it correctly throughout the course
  2. Analyze best practices for using open educational resources in their jobs
  3. Review case studies and Creative Commons licenses
  4. Compare and contrast te benefits and pitfalls of the new digital copyright law
  5. Evaluate complex copyright issues through the use of real-life classroom scenarios
  6. Explain the accessibility requirements established by the Worldwide Web Consortium to ensure universal access for all students with and without disabilities
  7. Compare public domain/open source tools for posting resources, lessons, etc.
  8. Complete a public (Internet posted) annotated Web Resource list
  9. Develop and post online a lesson, unit or project using identified public domain materials
  10. Provide peer feedback on lesson plans


Participants will demonstrate proficiency by:

1) Exploring the resources in this course

2) Participating actively in the online discussions

3) Creating an annotated web resource list

4) Creating or tweaking a lesson, unit, or project to include open educational resources


Participants will be expected to:

1) Log in and participate in this course (reading materials, watching videos, collaborating with co-learners, posting to assignments and discussions) 3 hours per week 4 weeks.

2) Download and frequenly refer to the course rubric in order to use it as their guide.

3) Create an annotated web resource list

4) Create or tweak a lesson, unit, or project using some of the resrouces on their web resource list


Instructor will:

1) Log in regularly and read all postings (Discussions and assignments).

2) Provide feedback to assignments and discussions to provide additional resources and help the learner create his/her final project and better understand concepts being taught.

3) Use the course rubric to determine final grades.

4) Respond to all emails and private messages from participants.


 Your final grade will be determined using the Course Rubric.  The instructor will provide formative feedback on all assignments and when appropriate in the course discussion, but individual assignments well not be graded.