K-12 Open Conference – Building the K-12 OER Teacher Network

A Virtual, Free K-12 Open Educational
Resources Teacher PD Offering


au-largeDate: January 25, 2018
Event URL: https://athabascau.adobeconnect.com/k12oc
Hashtag for satellite conference: #K-12OC2018


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10:00 – 10:25 MST Understanding the Commons for K-12 Serena Henderson
10:25 – 10:30  5 min Break
10:30 – 10:55 Go Open: From the Ground Up Kristina Ishmael Peters & Heather Callihan
10:55 – 11:00 5 min Break
11:00 – 11:25 Simple Curation: Using Online Tools to Collect, Organize, and Share OER Resources Stephanie Slaton
11:25 – 11:30 5 min Break
11:30 -11:55 Opening Up 1-12 Education in Alberta Frank McCallum & Lise Pethybridge
11:55 – Noon 5 min Break
12:00 – 12:25 The Multiply K-12 OER Media Project Connie Blomgren
12:25 – 12:30 5 min Break
12: 30 – 12:55 Sharing K-12 Resources Across Canada: Silos, Gardens, or Open Range? Randy Labonte
12:55 – 1:00 5 min Break
1:00 – 1:45 “Berlin Remix” Panel

Panel members will address the 20 minute video (posted below) from OpenCon 2017 Berlin.  They will “remix” 2 questions of OER curriculum creation, specifically addressing within an OER curricular resource how can educators consider: Who is missing? and Whose knowledge is reliable?

(Video starts automatically at 8:09:35)


Facilitated by Connie Blomgren

Panel members:

Kristina Ishmael Peters –  New America

Frank McCallum – ADLC

Verena Roberts – Rockyview Schools


1:45 – 2:00 Building the K-12 OER Teacher Network – Next steps? Facilitated by Connie Blomgren

Understanding the Commons for K-12 | 
Presenter: Serena HendersonPresentations:

Copyright law in Canada has undergone many revisions, and many educators continue to struggle with misunderstandings of the intention of the law, and particularly the fair dealing clause.  This misunderstanding has led to self-restrictive practices in education, many of which are unnecessary.  Following the 2012 Supreme Court of Canada appeal  a nonrestrictive and liberal interpretation of the fair dealing clause was deemed “fair.”  As well, Creative Commons (CC) licensing has further provided an avenue to promote the legal sharing of educational materials as part of the open movement.

Go Open: From the Ground Up | Presenters: Kristina Ishmael Peters & Heather Callihan

In the USA, over 100 PreK-12  districts have committed to use Open Educational Resources (OER) to increase equity, keep content relevant, empower teachers, and save money. Together the­­y form a network sharing insights, strategies, and content. This session highlights how this movement started and provides insight from a district in their process of going open, from the ground up.

Supporting Documents:
U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen site: http://tech.ed.gov/open
Office of Educational Technology #GoOpen Story Engine: https://tech.ed.gov/stories/story_tag/goopen/
#GoOpen District Launch Packet: https://tech.ed.gov/open/districts/launch/

Simple Curation: Using Online Tools to Collect, Organize, and Share OER Resources | Presenter: Stephanie Slaton (Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona)

Curating OER is messy! Building courses and lesson plans brings a wealth of open browser tabs, and piles of post-it notes. Have you ever found the perfect resource and had nowhere to use it, or needed a resource you remember seeing, but couldn’t remember where you saw it?

You can save your sanity, and your time with free, easy to use, online tools. In this overview you will see ways to adapt online pin boards, web clippers, and pivot tables to collect, organize, collaborate, and share. You will take home links to online resources you can replicate and adapt the to meet your needs.

Teachers and librarians can benefit from having a central repository of OER resources that can be used across disciplines. This can be achieved at no cost, built collaboratively, and easily shared. Clean up the mess of research with simple curation!

Opening Up 1-12 Education in Alberta | Presenters: Frank McCallum & Lise Pethybridge

The Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) has developed courses for many years, building a large collection of videos, interactives and other digital materials. This past year, ADLC started disaggregating courses to produce a collection of these instructional materials and has developed a repository that teachers, students and parents will be able to access. This Adobe Connect session introduces ADLC’s open repository.

Supporting Documents:
New website link will be provided in the presentation.

The Multiply K-12 OER Media Project | Presenter: Dr. Connie Blomgren

In this presentation, a brief introduction will be given to the Multiply K-12 OER Project.  Due to participatory technologies, K-12 educators are already engaging with OER without being fully aware that they are involved to some degree in OER and a philosophy of openness. To bridge this gap, 17 podcasts and 3 videos were created and added to the Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT) blog. The podcasts explore the following OER topics: a history of OER; the current landscape; benefits to K-12 learning; acceptance of OER; learning with OER; teaching with OER; openness and the open mindset in learning; 8 attributes of Open Pedagogy; the Open Pedagogy model; creating OER policy in Canada; and Canadian copyright and user rights, including K-12 scenarios. The 3 videos cover: the Attributes of Open Community; Attributes of Open Practice; and Albertan Perspectives on OER in K-12 Learning.  Funded by the Alberta Open Educational Resources (ABOER) Initiative, the project was made possible through an investment from the Alberta government.

Supporting Documents:
Multiply K-12 OER (http://bolt.athabascau.ca/index.php/oer/multiply-k-12-alberta-oer-project/)


Sharing K-12 Resources Across Canada: Silos, Gardens, or Open Range? | Presenter: Randy LaBonte

The need to share resources to support K-12 online and blended learning programs, individual school and teacher practice, and expanding learning opportunities for students is given.  With education in Canada a provincial responsibility, numerous content sharing initiatives have sprung up across the country, but are they open?  Or are they silos of walled gardens supporting only some educators and programs?  How can these initiatives shift from a ‘members-only’ approach to a truly open and pan-Canadian sharing model?  How can K-12 learn from and model the open textbook initiatives of Canada’s post-secondary sector?  This session will explore current sharing initiatives, successes, challenges, and future direction.

Supporting Sites:
http://bclearningnetwork.com/, http://hub.rockyview.ab.ca/, http://www.oelc.ca/, https://www.ocelc.org/, http://www.cforp.ca/, http://www.learnquebec.ca/home