Our presentation about „Maker-MOOC – How to Foster STEM Education with an Open Online Course on Creative Digital Development and Construction with Children“ at this year ICL conference in Belfast is online available – enjoy it:
Presentation: Maker-MOOC – How to Foster STEM Education with an Open Online Course on Creative Digital Development and Construction with Children
Our chapter on „How OER Enhances MOOCs—A Perspective from German-Speaking Europe“ got published as part of the book Open Education: from OERs to MOOCs.
In this chapter, we discuss why OER and MOOCs are a necessary and pow- erful combination, especially in German-speaking Europe. We begin with an introduc- tion to open online courses and an overview of copyright law in Germany and Austria. We then describe the evolution of OER MOOCs in Austria and Germany, especially the development of two MOOC platforms. Finally, we present examples of the impact of OER on MOOCs to conclude that an approach combining OER and MOOCs can be very valuable to foster new and innovative didactical approaches as well as future education.
Reference: Ebner, M., Lorenz, A., Lackner, E., Kopp, M., Kumar, S., Schön, S., Wittke, A. (2016) How OER enhance MOOCs – A Perspective from German-speaking Europe. In: Open Education: from OERs to MOOCs. Jemni, M., Kinshuk, Khribi, M. K. (Eds.). Springer. Lecture Notes in Educational Technology. pp. 205-220
Little research with regards to Open Educational Resources (OER) usage in secondary education is available. Therefore, a two week long study was conducted in an Austrian middle school with second year learners of English. The study tried to determine how OER material could be used in an offline environment for this particular type of students. For this purpose, preparation time, available material and students’ feedback was evaluated. The findings suggest that there is a lack of available material which, alongside difficultes related to licensing, increased preparation time. Students’ feedback was overwhelmingly positive which imply that if the other challenges encountered can be overcome, OER material can be a useful additon to the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom.