Creation by Curation

Over the past few years, OER has become a buzz word in the education sector. Most of the funded OER initiatives propagate the idea of sharing to prevent duplication and make it cost effective. A generous amount of resources (money, human hours, etc) have been invested in the development of OERs and yet the evidence of its utilisation by the most important stakeholders-the teachers, is low. Research identifies technology and lack of awareness as the barriers of the usage of OERs. However, these ‘perceived barriers’ are not as real as perceived. New technological developments and publication choices brought by Wiki 2.0 have reduced the technological barriers in OER utilization. Actual barrier for the teachers is inadequate skills and competencies (technical / pedagogical) to utilize OER. Teachers need persuasion and support for the utilization of OERs in daily practice. This course provides an algorithm for the teachers to design a course by ‘curating’ the OER content available. We include pointers to identify, examine, and align the OER content and augment it by designing learner centric activities.

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Ajita Deshmukh is a passionate Chemistry educator for more than a decade, she forayed into training teachers for ICT-integrated education. She has developed interactive learning materials for higher secondary school students for CIET, NCERT, New Delhi. She is currently a research scholar in Education at Hansraj Jivandas College of Education under the aegis of University of Mumbai. Her research area is Social Media in Education with publications related to this research area.



Dr Sameer Sahasrabudhe is a Senior Project Research Scientist at IIT Bombay and Adjunct faculty at Symbiosis International University. He has offered several MOOCs on the NPTEL, IITBombayX, and edX platforms. These include courses on 3D visualization, animation, architectural visualization, and on Designing Learner-Centric MOOCs. He is an evangelist of the open source 3D animation tool: Blender, and has led various projects on eLearning content creation, at IIT Bombay for last 16 years. He has published widely on this these topics, and has been an invited speaker at various institutions and conferences. He is a fine arts graduate and a traditional cell animator. His films have been screened and won awards at national and international film festivals.