Dear DS4OER participants

Happy Open Education Week 2016!

Welcome to the 2016 offering of the OERu’s Digital skills for collaborative OER development (DS4OER) course. These instructions are for your Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 March 2016.

The OERu envisions a world where all learners will have more affordable access to higher education.

The DS4OER course was developed to build capacity in the design and development of open online courses using OER. A key feature of this course is the ability for any educator to host their own course site using the popular open source WordPress content management system assembled from a collection of wiki pages. During DS4OER you will learn how to publish and administer your own course site.

Overview of Session 1

During Session 1 you will familiarise yourself with the DS4OER course site. You will also establish your personal learning environment and introduce yourself using your course blog.

Course site: (bookmark this page).

Please share the gift of knowledge and help us by completing the optional OERu new participant survey. This information will be used to assist the OERu with the future design of free courses with pathways to achieving credible credentials.

Resources for session 1

Don’t forget to register the url of the public view of your blog by clicking on the user icon () in the site menu above. We need this to harvest your posts for the aggregated course feed.

Important links

Welcome aboard and I look forward to seeing you online!

Your facilitator
Wayne Mackintosh

Notes about the DS4OER course

We acknowledge the funding support of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO which supported the development of the course materials and the open source technologies we are using to enable educators around the world to widen access to open online courses using OER. We are trialling a few new technologies with the 2016 offering of the course and you may encounter a few teething problems. We thank you in advance for your understanding and feedback to help us improve the technologies.