OER Webinar Series

SoftChalk is proud to bring you our pre-recorded webinar series on open educational resources (OER). These informative sessions will explain the different facets of OER including WHAT OER is, WHY it’s important, HOW to find the resources and WHERE you can start!

The series is sponsored by SoftChalk and its partners including: College Open Textbooks, Connexions, IMS Global and MERLOT.

Defining OER: The WHAT and the WHY

What is an Open Educational Resource? Why is the OER movement growing in popularity so quickly? Why would you want to use or create OER materials? How do you license OER materials?

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Finding and Using OER: The WHERE and the WHEN

Where can you find quality OERs? Where are they distributed, and where and when should you use them? Are they easy to find? What kind of standards (quality, accessibility, licensing) are relevant and why are they important?

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Creating OER: The WHO and the HOW

Who is developing OERs? Who should be? How are they doing it? How can standards allow OER content interoperability? How can standards assure quality? How can you get started? How can you find the tools for creating OER content?

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Funding OER: Sustainability

How do OER projects and programs get started? How are they maintained? Where are funding resources? Can OER projects work without external funding?

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Learn more about SoftChalk and OER

Educational content created with SoftChalk is compliant with e-learning standards ensuring that it is accessible by all learners through all modes of delivery making it the perfect tool to support OER initiatives.

SoftChalk Cloud, our content authoring platform and learning object repository to publish your SoftChalk lessons, eCourses, learning objects and other media to share with peers. The learning objects live in the cloud and can be embedded or linked anywhere—learning management systems, other content repositories, emails, media repositories, blogs and more! SoftChalk Cloud also offers:

  • A Media Search Tool – Search a variety of media repositories, such as CONNEXIONS™, MERLOT™ and College Open Textbooks, for high quality materials you can mix and mash into your SoftChalk materials.
  • The ability to easily assign a Creative Commons License to materials you create and tag your SoftChalk content with metadata to support search and discovery within repositories.
  • Open Source LMS integration – SoftChalk content can be published into Moodle, SAKAI and DSpace—all very popular in the open education resource community.
  • Standards compliant content – SoftChalk supports LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) standards to ensure the content you create works in any LMS or delivery environment. SoftChalk also supports SCORM and Common Cartridge.