Find Your Fit
Difficulty: 3 (rated by author; 1=easy <--> 5=difficult)
Open Educational Resource Repositories are full of learning objects, from the smallest (e.g., graph, article) to the largest (e.g., captured lectures, entire courses) shared by colleagues from around the globe. Some offer objects for all disciplines, and others are discipline-specific, often having grown from one department at one institution with a commitment to sharing its knowledge and then allowing it to grow beyond its borders. The ones listed below are fully introduced in the Spotlight on Repositories section of the Curator Module but these will give you a helping hand to complete this activity. Take some time and explore the repositories listed to find resources that are connected to your course content or interests.
- Try out the search strategies you’ve practiced. Rather than just using your normal vocabulary, consider synonyms and terms other educators and experts may have used.
- If a repository has advanced search capabilities, explore how you might optimize those capabilities. Be sure to jot down your search strategies for your activity response. HINT: A mind map is a great tool to plot your search and ensure you cover all the bases.
- Pay close attention to which of the repositories have advanced search capabilities, and explore how you might optimize those capabilities.
- Curate three (or more) OERs to support learners’ understanding of an element or concept for a course.
BONUS: If you want to challenge yourself and better suit your learners, choose more than one type of media. For major concepts, it is a good idea to source resources from print, audio, and visual information. These provide learners with choice and help solidify challenging concepts by providing multiple points of access.
- Enter the link for the best resource you found in the “Web Location” field as your submission on the Find Your Fit activity response page.
- After you make your submission, save the web address to your response (found in the green confirmation box) so you can use it later for your badge submission form.
Places to search
- OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) – https://oasis.geneseo.edu/
- Mason OER Metafinder(MOM) – https://oer.deepwebaccess.com/oer/desktop/en/search.html
- MERLOT – https://www.merlot.org/
- CORE – https://core.ac.uk
- eCampusOntario Open Textbook Library – https://openlibrary.ecampusontario.ca
- MIT Open Courseware – https://ocw.mit.edu/educator
- Public Domain Review – https://publicdomainreview.org
Discipline Specific Repositories
- Mathematics and Sciences (University of Colorado at Boulder) – https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations
- Nursing (Montgomery College) – http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/department.aspx?id=8522
- Business (MIT Sloan School) – https://mitsloan.mit.edu/LearningEdge/simulations/
- English as a Foreign Language (Open Education Database) – http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/50_essential_resources_for_esl_students/
- Humanities (Harvard University) – http://justiceharvard.org
- Open Culture – http://www.openculture.com
This activity is part of the Spotlight on Repositories section of the Curator Module.
Example for "Find Your Fit":
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