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Open Educational Resources: It’s not the artifact, it’s the process

July 5, 2012

Here are the slides and audio recording from a seminar that I presented at the “Open Educational Resources Seminar” at the University of Otago on 28 June 2012. I uploaded the audio (MP3) file (19 minutes, 14 MB) to Soundcloud and embedded it here. The slides (19 MB PDF) are embedded from Slideshare. I also uploaded the audio and slides to UniTube, a repository hosted at the University of Otago. The easiest way to hear and see the presentation is from this post. Just start the audio playing (it takes several seconds to buffer) and then advance the slides manually. I showed 80 slides in under 20 minutes, so that’s about 15 seconds per slide. I tried to design the presentation so that it could make sense as a stand alone PDF. I included links to all of the images, sites, and texts that I quoted. I used images that have a Creative Commons licence, and the presentation itself is covered by a CC-BY (Attribution) licence. I followed a similar process for an earlier talk, “Open Strategies in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges”.


If we think of OERs as we think of physical artifacts, we might focus on their design, production, storage and distribution. We could quantify their number, calculate their popularity, and track their use. However, in open, distributed, networked learning environments, the emphasis is not be on the resources but on the engagement between participants who create, use, modify, and share experiences. Resources can be used to prompt and fuel conversations, and the results of one conversation can be saved and used as fuel for another, but it is the way in which they are created and used that determines their effectiveness in learning contexts. In this talk, I will use examples from several open courses to explore the nature of digital resources and discuss how they are used to enable constructive engagements between networked learners. I suggest that, although appropriate resources are an important part of the learning process, we need to pay more attention to the design of the structures and networks in which they are generated and circulated.

Audio Recording (19 Minutes)

You can download a PDF of these slides by clicking on the link below.

OER- It’s not the artifact, it’s the process (Mark McGuire)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2012 1:34 pm

    thanks for sharing Mark – have added as a resource to the OER4Ed workshop

    • Mark McGuire permalink
      July 9, 2012 1:48 pm

      Hi Vasi

      That’s great! I’m looking at WikiEducator today for a paper and presentation that I’m working on, so I’ve been looking more closely at it. What an amazing and fast-growing repository and forum!


  2. April 4, 2013 10:32 pm

    I for one believe this was a excellent post. There might have been a few more details, yeah, but what was said was said splendidly and I couldn’t agree more if I tried. Any more articles on this subject upcoming? Lets hope so. I am going to bookmark just in case.


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