This course will become read-only in the near future. Tell us at if that is a problem.

Syllabus [Aug. 10, 2011, 3:22 p.m.]


Course developer and facilitator:
Karen Fasimpaur

Preferred contact methods:
email: karen at k12opened dot com
chat or skype by appointment

We will also be having several synchronous web sessions, schedule to be announced.

Webinar #1 - Where OER hang out
This webinar will highlight some premiere OER sites and will give quick tours of each. Participants will hear from the site organizers and will be invited to ask questions and make suggestions.

Webinar #2 - Remix lab
This webinar will highlight resources that can be used in remixing content and will showcase examples of remixing from this course.

For each week's goals and tasks, see individual week's content for more detail.

Week 1 (Sept. 26 - Oct. 2) - Creating your customized plan for this course


  • Get to know each other
  • Discuss possible team collaborations
  • Explore the benefits of OER in K-12
  • Begin thinking about remixing content



  • Introduce yourself
  • Set your own objectives for participating in this course
  • Identify others you might collaborate with for course tasks
  • Look at examples of remixes and speculate as to why you might want to remix content

Week 2 (Oct. 3-9) - Understanding licenses


  • Know about different types of open licenses
  • Identify open-licensed content (as distinct from all rights reserved content)
  • Identify copyright holder and write appropriate credits



  • Review various Creative Commons licenses and write about which license you think is preferable for education
  • Review one or more custom licenses and give an opinion on whether or not they are "open"
  • Choose open resources from various sources, identify the copyright owner, and put them in a derivative work of your choosing (e.g. document, wiki page, etc.) with an appropriate credit

Week 3 (Oct. 10-16) - Finding and Evaluating Resrouces


  • Identify OERs that are appropriate for use with your students
  • Think about the context of use of these materials



  • Evaluate one or more OER using the Achieve rubrics of your choice

Week 4 + 5 (Oct. 17-30) - Remixing and publishing your own work


  • Remix one or more OERs so that they are more appropriate for your students



  • Select an open resource (e.g. document, music, video, etc.) and remix it in a way that makes it better for your use
  • Identify an instructional resource that you have created that you are willing to share under an open license and post it publicly
  • Create an instructional resource or collection that you have created that you are willing to share under an open license and post it publicly

Week 6 (Oct. 31 - Nov. 6) - Reflecting on what you've learned


  • Reflect on what you've learned and how you'll use it in your classroom



  • Complete course evaluation