Train Others on OER

This module will help you design and plan how you will train others in OER use and implementation.

Plan Your Training

Understand Your Audience

Before you begin to design your training, it is important to research who your audience is, and understand their needs, priorities, timeline and content gap areas.

My training audience is 15 faculty and three library staff who are working together to integrate open textbooks for an Introduction to Biology course next Fall. They want to engage students with digital content and help meet some of their accessibility needs.

Identify Learning Outcomes

Once you have an understanding of your audience’s needs, you can start to identify what your learning goals and outcomes are.

My goals are to ensure the participants have a basic understanding of OER and open educational practice, and to support them in finding, evaluating and curating at least five OER for their courses.

Determine Your Training Approach

Consider the following elements as you determine your training approach:

  • Time – How much time will you have to accomplish your training?
  • Setting – Will the training be face to face, virtual or a blended approach?
  • Style – What type of activities will you have – for example, presentation of information, collaborative group work, self-directed learning activities?
Training will consist of a three hour face-to-face event in computer lab, and a one hour virtual follow up meeting. There will be a mix of presentation and collaborative group work to practice using the tools for OER search, evaluation and curation.

Set Your Agenda

Now you are ready to create your training agenda. It should include all of the activities that will take place, with descriptions and time needed. Use the  OER Training Design Template to get started in creating your agenda.

Determine Follow-up Supports

Consider ways to provide participants with support to plan and implement their OER work.

Participants will be given a planning document to help them organize what next steps they need to take to adopt OER for their courses. A virtual follow up meeting will be offered three months after the training to share updates on everyone's OER work, and to discuss their successes and any challenges they have encountered.

Showcase Exemplary Content

Inspire your training participants by showing examples of what high quality OER looks like.

  • Showcase Open Textbooks

Find great exemplars from  eCampus Ontario’s Open Textbook Library, a curated collection of open textbooks, many of which have been reviewed and vetted by educators across Canada.

  • Showcase Open Course Materials

​​​​​​​Share resources from the  Open Course Library's collection of course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts.

  • Showcase Open Media

​​​​​​​Try the Getty Institute Open Images, a searchable database of open images, or the Creative Commons image search tool.

  • Showcase Open Collections

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Showcase content from  the University of British Columbia’s Open Collections , a repository that includes digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more. These publicly-accessible collections are constantly growing and reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond.

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