PolyU OER Portal is a new on-going service from the Pao Yue-kong Library to facilitate the PolyU community to discover and share open-licensed teaching and learning resources that reside in the public domain so that students' learning experience could be further enhanced.
What is OER?
The term OER (Open Educational Resources) was coined at UNESCO's 2002 Forum on Open Courseware as "teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions."
A portal for instructors to discover OER to enhance teaching & learning
PolyU OER Portal features quality OER around the world, and from MERLOT.ORG, classified into eight disciplines to mirror the eight faculties and schools of PolyU. Discover OER that enhances your teaching or addresses the students' learning needs by the pedagogy-inspiring metadata assigned to each resource entry, for example, the intended learning goals, type of resources, activities, evaluation, and so on so that instructors could locate what they need quickly.
An archive that elicits the essence from OER produced by the PolyU community
As an on-going effort, PolyU OER Portal will collaborate with different parties to accumulate and archive PolyU produced OER, and the knowledge and experience in effective implementation of these OER in teaching and learning activities, so that the excellence of teaching in PolyU specialized areas could be shared and transferred among the PolyU and the greater academic community.
How can I (course instructor) use this portal to enrich my teaching?
Simply adding or replacing learning object, without thinking of the alignment of it to different parts of the lesson, will certainly not make teaching any better. It could even get worse than before. From the literature, there are many ways, educational theories, or best practices in designing lessons. Essentially, they all get down to a few necessary steps for your reference.
Identify your students' difficulties on a particular topic, e.g., knowledge or concepts, procedures or operations, differences between theories, techniques, and so on.
Identify what your students need most to learn that challenging concept/idea/technique. It could be additional explanations, demonstrations, concept checks, discussions, collaboration, and so on.
Search or browse for OER on our portal.
Decide if the OER fits your context of teaching, online and offline, and whether it could be connected to the next part of your lesson.
Think how would you evaluate student's outcome and the message that students bring to the next part of your teaching.