Author: Steven Khan
Institution: Brock University
Topic: Connecting Open Education to Primary and Secondary (K-12) Education
UNESCO Area of Focus: Building capacity
Session Format: Presentation
AbstractStudents enrolled in a mathematics methods and graduate coursework for future and in-service elementary teachers were introduced to open education resources in mathematics education and open education practices. Both groups were required to curate and remix units from the San Francisco United School Division (SFUSD) K-5 mathematics education resources and other online sources as part of a major course assignment.
Based on reflective posts and in-class assignments a significant proportion found this challenging and had not used or heard about open education resources or practices prior to this course.
This presentation will describe the specific strategies and challenges encountered by participants. In particular I will suggest that students fears about plagiarism and insufficient prior exposure to OERs and OEPs were a source of initial resistance and cognitive challenge. I will also suggest that students need to be immersed in an environment in which OER and OEPs are normalised across courses in a program in a more coherent manner to reap the benefits of teachers who are prepared to use OERs intelligently upon graduation in their early career practice.
Mathematics education, Teacher education, Open Education Resources and Open Education Practices