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Friday, November 13 • 3:30pm - 3:30pm
Rapid Mobile-friendly OER Creation—The EdTech Maker Space

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During this session, we will explore the viability of crowdsourced OER creation as evidenced by a recent project organized by CrowdED Learning—The EdTech Maker Space. The project—funded in part by a Creative Commons Global Community Grant—was designed to explore whether educators could be engaged to create more easy-to-use and easy-to-implement OER through organized crowdsourcing.
The session will examine how the COVID-19 school closures created both challenges and opportunities. While there was a welcome rush of educators eager to learn how to use various edtech tools for communication, content creation, and class management, little consideration was being made around how to meaningfully leverage these tools and the associated resources in ways that could help to increase learner engagement not just in the midst of the immediate crisis but beyond.
In response to this issue, a carefully designed teacher professional development experience—the EdTech Maker Space—was introduced in July 2020. Recognizing educators were eager to learn popular edtech tools such as Quizlet, Google Forms, and Wakelet—while also recognizing a shortage of organized, relevant, mobile-friendly content for adult learners—the ETMS was designed to provide teacher training on how to use these tools while engaging participants in practicing their new skills by way of coordinated open education resource creation.
The project began by selecting an openly licensed leveled reading library for adults that, while online, had few mobile-friendly affordances. Using specific activities from each of the 345 stories within the library, participants learned how to create Quizlet study sets using the story vocabulary and Google Forms quizzes using the story comprehension questions. Participants immediately engaged in leveraging their new skills by creating these resources and following guidelines to ensure all of the resultant resources had a consistent format and included proper CC attribution.
As a result of the ETMS, 1,035 mobile-friendly learning resources were created, all shareable and customizable for a variety of contexts and uses. The project demonstrates that by following a process of 1) identifying quality open content and 2) selecting edtech tools whose affordances are best suited for providing mobile-friendly engagement with that content, educators can engage crowdsourced OER creation projects that help rapidly expand the availability of quality, mobile-friendly learning resources.

Learning Outcomes: As school closures began in March as a result of COVID-19, the adult basic education field faced two major challenges—the need for PD to shift the field online and the need for easy-to-implement and easy-to-share resources for a learner population that is primarily mobile-dependent. Come see how, in response, 45 adult educators from across the US created over 1,000 openly licensed learning resources in just 6 weeks while learning how to use popular edtech tools as part of an EdTech Maker Space!

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Jeff Goumas

President, CrowdED Learning
I am a lifelong educator who is committed to finding and scaling the most effective learning resources for teachers and learners. In 2017, I founded CrowdED Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding awareness, access to, and use of free and open education resources... Read More →

Friday November 13, 2020 3:30pm - 3:30pm EST
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