Open Educational Resources

 

  • The area “Resources” of UNIVIRTUAL aims to promote training experiences with the use of OER (Open Educational Resources)-database, according the own learning needs, that are mainly expressed by the same user at the time of retrieving Open resources, as “levels of interaction with content and other users”:
    • Information: Getting to know new topics for an updated professional practice

    • Self education for professional Updating in specific fields – Updating knowledge with regard to specific issues/problems in order to deepen on expert practice.

    • Learning to Share and sharing to learn: Knowing, reflecting, and enlarging the own representation of an issue learning from a community of practice, in order to promote innovation/quality in pedagogical practice

    • Trans-formation: Using content in order to promote piloting of learning units, that are to by structured and shared as results of excellent practices for other teachers’ education.

    As it’s possible to appreciate, the first level requirements are only individual engagement with content; as far as we move towards the last level users need to structure and publish new content, in order to guide discussions and share experiences of professional practice.

    The process of exemplar material building and experimentation is hence the kernel of the process, that lead users to interact and learn about practices. Behind this, there’s the assumption that creating spaces of dialogue about institutional environments, socio-cultural contexts and pedagogical practices within them, would take not only to deepen on professional expertise, but also in socio-emotional and metacognitive processes embedded on professional identity building (Raffaghelli, 2010). Hence, training is to be conceived as a process of building a joint working/learning space, while traveling the user development needs: there isn’t a top –down structure of training, but a progressive growing up structure that attempts to accompany teachers’ reflection on practice: a sense-making process about different practices and ideas about good teaching and useful professional knowledge (Margiotta & Raffaghelli, 2010; Raffaghelli&Tosato, 2010)

    On each level the user can count on other user’s communities about the same topics, staying connected through formal and informal learning networks from the same learning environments supplied by Univirtual.