Open Educational Resources (OER)

Description

If based in NUI Galway, there is a a suite of OER publishing tools and platforms to create and promote your own open, free, and reusable OER learning materials. The aim is to provide access to OER creation and publishing for NUI Galway students and staff. 

Benefit of this resource and how to make the best use of it

This is aimed at people interested in making a difference in open education and creating or modifying OERs. Importantly, the promotion of the use and production of OER is a flagship goal in the Open Value of the NUI Galway Strategy 2020-2025. OERs can be produced and published using several evolving tools and platforms. As an output of the Student Project Funded OER project, the Library provides NUI Galway Open Press. NUI Galway Open Press is currently powered by Pressbooks. Pressbooks enables the production and editing of web books and similar content, which can be published under an open licence. This provides an excellent opportunity to produce, or customise, Open Texts and similar materials (e.g. lecture notes, handbooks, manuals, annotated books/memoirs, essay collections, etc).

Related OER

This new interdisciplinary 10 ECTS module for PhD students responds to an identified need for careers and employability support and was developed with industry partners. It supports PhD students with career planning, critical reflection and decision-making, enabling them to establish networks and build readiness for future careers in academia and/or industry. The module is in three streams (Careers, Skills and Work-based Learning) and features many innovative aspects:
– a blended learning design and 5 ECTS module option to give a flexible learning experience
– 5 interactive online sessions which build student employability skills
– 4 face-to-face sessions to enhance collaboration and engagement
– An online Skills Audit which helps students to critically reflect on, develop and articulate the skillset developed during their PhD and an Interview Practice Exercise to apply their interview skills to a role-play scenario
– a work-based learning experience that creates real value for industry partners and offers students valuable learning experiences that are not readily available elsewhere

A range of supporting activities enhance the student experience by encouraging shared and self-directed learning: online journaling and discussion boards; podcasts; videos; skills webinars and industry events. A new Industry Mentoring Programme (IMPART) was designed to complement the module.

Developed from the initiative ” Enhancing Online Language Learning: Training the trainers and engaging the learners” the LILAC Project aims to help language teachers and learners to transform digital challenges into opportunities and acquire the digital proficiency needed to maximise the benefits afforded by e-learning.

Simon Harris TD, Ireland’s Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science officially launches the report and findings from the national sectoral partnership project- Next Steps for Teaching and Learning: Moving Forward Together. The overarching aim of the ‘Next Steps’ project was to address the question, in the context of COVID-19, ‘What have we learnt and what does it mean for the future of teaching and learning in Irish higher education?’

This launch is the centre-piece of VIT&L Week events and activities. This event shares the findings from the project. These findings are discussed by a panel which includes student, staff, senior management, sector, system and international representatives. This Ministerial launch event is chaired and presented by Irish print and broadcast journalist Matt Cooper.

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