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Using Open Educational Resources in Teaching

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Open Educational Resources are the result of a different approach to education: the focus is on sharing, improving and reusing educational materials created by people (not only super-experts) who are willing to let knowledge spread and be used by anyone.

Course description

What are Open Educational Resources and why they could be a great support for teachers at every level? According to UNESCO, they are “any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.”
In this MOOC you will find:

  • the basics about Open Educational Resources;
  • different perspectives about key issues;
  • some tips to try OERs in your course, a set of tools we will provide you, some useful resources shared by other institutions and OERs workforce.

In this MOOC you'll meet some of the greatest experts in the field, who choose every day to openly share their experience and their deep knowledge with everyone: Anant Agarwal (CEO at edX and Professor at MIT, USA), Jane-Frances Agbu (Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences & Former Head of OERs Unit at NOUN, Nigeria), Ariane Dumont (Professor at Western Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, CH), Cable Green (Open Education Director at Creative Commons, USA), Rory McGreal (Professor and UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources at Athabasca University, Canada), António Moreira Teixeira (Director of the Department of Education and Distance Learning at Universidade Aberta, Lisboa, Portugal), Joseph Pickett (Publication Director at MIT OpenCourseWare, USA), Susanna Sancassani (Managing Director at Politecnico di Milano – METID, Italy), Robert Schuwer (Lector OER at Fontys University, Netherland), Katsusuke Shigeta (Associate Professor at Hokkaido University, JAPAN) and Andrea Zanni (former President at Wikimedia Italia). We also had the chance to add to the additional materials a valuable contribution from Martin Ebner (Graz University of Technology).

All our guests agreed in sharing their videos under CC licence, and the whole course is released under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence, consistently with the content in itself.

MOOCs for Teachers

MOOCs for teachers series

This MOOC is part of the MOOCs for Teachers series, which is devoted to pedagogical innovation and is aimed at giving the chance to teachers and people involved in instructional design to develop skills in the didactical area.

The MOOCs for Teachers series is the result of a collaborative design between METID, the service of Politecnico di Milano devoted to e-learning and e-collaboration, and UNIT (Université Numérique Ingénierie et Technologie).

Course Information:

The MOOC is organized in 4 weeks. You'll have the chance to choose among three different levels of involvement, even if there is no explicit distinction in the contents, considering the effort you may put in it: reading and viewing, communication and production paths are available.
Week 0 is an introduction to the MOOC, its structure and the main subject we are dealing with.
From week 1 to week 4 you'll find the core part of the MOOC, about OERs: you'll start from concrete experiences and, through a deep reflection on them and a guided analysis of the theoretical background, you'll reach the “hands on” part, in which you'll have the chance to start using this approach for you own course's design.
Finally yet importantly, there is a final section, which focuses on the pedagogical approach applied in this MOOC as a whole. This section has been designed and developed by Université Numérique Ingénierie et Technologie. In this section you'll have the chance, as a teacher, to reflect on the overall design phase of a course, as a meta-level.
During the course there will be the chance to meet the other participants and one or more teachers online for a synchronous session, which will be announced by email, according to the course objectives.
Further editions of this course are going to be activated periodically.


There are no prerequisites to take this course, even if previous experience in didactics and teaching will be helpful.

Course instructors

This MOOC is the result of a proficient collaboration between many people, at international level. Politecnico di Milano - METID had the chance to enjoy working closely with UNIT partners and to benefit from the kind availability of many international teachers, who already experienced flipped classroom approach.

Paola Corti

Paola Corti

Paola Corti is a Project Manager at Politecnico di Milano – METID; she is an instructional designer involved in MOOCs design and production for POK platform. She coordinated the design of the course, involved international testimonials, together with other curators, in order to collect the experiences available in this MOOC, and she kept together the design and the production groups…and many are things needed : )

Ariane Dumont

Ariane Dumont

Ariane Dumont, Professor at the Western Switzerland University of Applied Sciences, Educational Developer and responsible for promoting innovation in pedagogy. She will nicely guide you through some interesting models, which can support you in exploring and experimenting OERs according to her experience, which she is eager to share with us.

Aude Pichon

Aude Pichon

Aude Pichon, Advisor in Pedagogy in the Center for Professional Development in Education at the Ecole des Mines in Nantes and Coordinator, she has been in charge of the pedagogical development within uTOP (UNIT) in France. She not only advises on teacher training projects, but also develops them and leads them either face-to-face or remotely.

This MOOC could not exist without the valuable contribution of Manuela Milani, instructional designer at Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy).

In collaboration with:

Université Numèrique Ingénierie et Technologie


To whom the course is addressed?

Mainly at professors and teachers, at all levels, who are willing to think about some innovation in their pedagogical approach

How much will it cost to take the course?

Nothing! The course is completely free.

Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?

Yes, at the end of the course, all those who have successfully completed the course (answering at least 60 % of questions correctly) will receive a Certificate of participation. The Certificate is not recognized as university credits.

How do I obtain the certificate?

All those who have successfully completed the course (answering at least 60% of questions correctly) will receive the Certificate of participation. You can download your Certificate of participation directly from the portal. Warning: the certificate will only be generated after the end of the course. In order to view and download it, you will need to wait a few days after the end of the current course.

I could not view all the course materials and complete the quizzes before the end of the course; what should I do?

Course materials will remain accessible for a long time for course participants, even after the end of the current course.
In order to obtain the Certificate of participation, you will need to sign up for an active course and answer the quizzes correctly.

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  1. Classes Start

    Mar 06, 2017
  2. Classes End

    May 14, 2017
  3. Estimated Effort

    1-2 hour/week
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