Open Classrooms is a podcast series produced by the Academic Development Group in Science, Engineering and Health. Each podcast features interviews and stories from our staff who have opened up their classroom doors and shared their practices, innovations and ideas.
In this episode, Natasha Taylor talks to James Harland about his innovative use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) to replace traditional text books in his Computer Science course.
If you are interested in exploring the potential to use OERs in your course, here are some resources to get you started:
- RMIT Library OER subject guide which discusses what Open Educational Resources (OER) are. i.e. freely accessible, openly licensed materials that can be used for teaching and learning. Anyone can access and make use of open educational resources, irrespective of their location or affiliation with any particular institution.
- RMIT Library Open Textbook Initiative: Where James features as a textbook hero saving students money.
- Robinson, TJ, Fischer, L., Wiley, D. and Hilton, J (2014) The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes, Educational Research, 43:7.
- Lane, A, and McAndrew, P. (2010) ‘Are open educational resources systematic or systemic change agents for teaching practice?’, British Journal of Educational Technology, 41:6, pp. 952-962
And here is the link to the book James uses: Hammack, R. Book of Proof (3rd Ed).