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The OER Wizard: advances in technology enabling shifts in pedagogy

Tuesday 11:00-12:30 (4), Darwin Suite

Type: Lightning talk

Theme: Academic practice, development and pedagogy

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Johanna Funk, The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, [email protected]


This paper outlines a project undertaken at a regional university in Northern Australia, in which all course materials are delivered on line, and a majority of students are external. The research was intended to inform an institutional policy and guidelines around the usage of OER. In addition, an interactive digital tool was designed as an introductory ‘gatekeeper’ to circumnavigate the legal and technical elements associated with searching, using , repurposing and creating OER within HE institutions. Through this process, the information gathered informed the design of the tool, or wizard, that enables the use of OER for academic staff and students, and access to a more innovative pedagogical approach via open educational practices.

The decision tree which formed the basis for the design of the wizard was informed by the information gathered in a literature review , and acts as a way to circumnavigate the perceived frustrations and complexities involved with engaging with OER as an academic staff member. It is hoped that the wizard will help promote the innovative use of OER by staff, and open the movement to usage by students as well. Further adjustments are also considered for future adaptation to the wizard to further promote innovative use, repurposing and creation of OER in open education practices, rather than using OER in a content-focused way.


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Funding acknowledgements

Commonwealth Structural Adjustment Fund


Recap recording

A recording of this presentation is available to view at https://campus.recap.ncl.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Viewer/Default.aspx?id=93522f7e-6d1e-1506-932c-f6313f7936d7 ©Charles Darwin University 2014 Johanna Funk cc-by 4.0.

Further details

Keywords: OER, OEP, innovative pedagogy, educational technology, eLearning, 21st Century Competences

Ms Johanna Funk, Research Associate, Charles Darwin University

Twitter: @johannafunk1

Twitter abstract: The OER Wizard : Advances in Technology Enabling Shifts in Pedagogy.