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About Otago's Educational Developments

Wikieducator is one of many external web services that staff at Otago Polytechnic use to develop education resources. As you can see above, a number of staff use blogs for professional development, and some use blogs in their courses. Several use Youtube, Blip.tv and Archive.org for video. Others use Wikibooks to develop text books, and so on.

Here on Wikieducator we keep curriculum documents. Course descriptions, course schedules, learning and assessment activities, research documents, project plans, and reports. Some of the more established courses we have developed on Wikieducator tend to follow the course schedule model. That being a page in the wiki that includes all the information about the course, including the time table and topics covered. Each topic has a description of activities, and links out to learning resources wherever they may be on the Internet.

Planning and implementation

Featured works

Otago Polytechnic's F Block

Otago Polytechnic Open Education

Below is a list of course developments initiated by staff at Otago Polytechnic.

Sustainable futures

Community Learning Centres


Architecture, Building, and Engineering

Information Technology

Social Media

Travel and Tourism



Learning Centre


Educational Development Centre [1]


Vet nursing

Therapeutic massage

Occupational Therapy




Wiki-based courses

Selected courses are hosted on WikiEducator fostering an open resource-based learning approach:

  • This course is project-based and participants plan and carry out an evaluation project in their workplace. Participants develop their evaluation plans collaboratively using Class Projects pages on WikiEducator. They keep individual blogs to document their progress and reflections on the evaluation process, and these are linked to a course blog.
  • Awareness about the concepts of flexible learning is nurtured in this course. Participants are involved in re-designing their curricula using flexible learning approaches, and are exposed to a model of teaching using the wiki for content and a course blog for communication. Resources are shared using social bookmarking, and participants are encouraged to contribute.

OER Tools and Repositories

What is an OER

Link to OER Foundation FAQ on OERs http://wikieducator.org/WikiEducator:OER_Foundation/FAQs/Open_Education_Resources/

OER Foundation

What is the OER Foundation http://wikieducator.org/OERF:Home

What is Wikieducator http://wikieducator.org/Main_Page

OER Foundation Strategy http://wikieducator.org/WikiEducator:OER_Foundation/Strategy

Open Education Resources

OER Funding Game Changer http://www.ottawacitizen.com/funding+open+education+materials+game+changer/4363933/story.html

Publishers response http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/publishers-criticize-federal-investment-in-open-educational-resources/31483

Why is OER so Important

UK roundtable - JISC http://www.youtube.com/user/JISCmedia#p/u/13/pkLHyRj33Nw

Article on Authentic Learning for the 21st Century http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI3009.pdf

Benefits of OER

Benefits of Open access to your institution JISC UK http://www.youtube.com/user/JISCmedia#p/u/14/QoN-S0-YkZk

How will students in your institution benefit from OER? http://wikieducator.org/WikiEducator:OER_Foundation/FAQs/Open_Education_Resources/

What is Otago Polytechnic Doing

Internal examples


Otago Polytechnic Projects http://wikieducator.org/Otago_Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic YouTube Hort http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4McTE_wuiE

Otago Polytechnic School of Hospitality http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOoOmu2e6eo&playnext=1&list=PLCBE09EE9C8D69419

External Examples

Learning for content workshops http://wikieducator.org/Learning4Content/Workshops/eL4C50/Home

Existing Free Textbooks

Please, add unlisted FT projects here

Creating an OER

Turning a Resource into an Open Educational Resource (OER) http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/ps/documents/briefing_papers/oer.pdf

Creating an OER textbook http://wikieducator.org/OER_Handbook/educator_version_one

Examples and links of OERs

OER Commons http://www.oercommons.org/

Creative Commons wiki what is OER http://wiki.creativecommons.org/What_is_OER%3F

New Zealand Governments Position http://www.e.govt.nz/policy/nzgoal


Educause Conference Session on OER http://www.educause.edu/E2010/Program/SESS135

Link to what is Open Access http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/brief.htm

Creative Commons http://wiki.creativecommons.org/New_Zealand

Open Access UK Initiative http://open-access.org.uk/

Higher Education Academy UK http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/teachingandlearning/oer

Open Education Projects

Open University (UK) Open Content Initiative http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/

Example Essay and Report Writing Skills http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=398972&direct=1

Forth Road Bridge Engineering example http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3763

Introduction to structural integrity http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3258

Maths and Stats examples http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/category.php?id=8

Rice University Connexions OER http://cnx.org/

University of California example on environmental science http://cnx.org/content/m16730/latest/
How to read a Scientific report with an engineering example http://cnx.org/content/m16039/latest/
Chicken coup measurement exercise http://cnx.org/content/m18763/latest/

Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative http://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/

MIT OCW http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

Furniture making MIT http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/architecture/4-296-furniture-making-spring-2005/#description

Otago Polytechnic Projects http://wikieducator.org/Otago_Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4McTE_wuiE

Otago Polytechnic School of Hospitality http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOoOmu2e6eo&playnext=1&list=PLCBE09EE9C8D69419

YouTube and Creative Commons http://www.youtube.com/t/creative_commons

Repositories and commons

National Repository of Online Courses http://courserepository.org/

OER Commons http://www.oercommons.org/oer

Image commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Public library of science http://www.plos.org/

Wikipedia http://wikipedia.org

Chemistry portal on Wikepedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Chemistry

Wikieducator http://wikieducator.org Simple maths tutorial on whole numbers http://wikieducator.org/ABE_Math_Tutorials/Whole_numbers

Health Education Assets Library http://www.healcentral.org/index.jsp

The Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) is a digital library that provides freely accessible digital teaching resources of the highest quality that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators and learners. The collection includes a variety of learning objects, such as digital images, videos, animations, presentations, lectures, virtual patients, tutorials, cases, and quizzes. Users have access to the HEAL Reviewed Collection, resources that have undergone a formal review process by our editorial board, and Affiliate Collections, resources from partner digital libraries which have been subjected to their own quality assurance processes.

Directory of Open Access Journals http://www.doaj.org/

Many Books http://www.manybooks.net/categories/

Open textbook on Fluid Mechanics http://www.potto.org/downloadsFM.php

Open access resources on nursing http://www.nursingplanet.com/resources/

Khan Academy Videos http://www.khanacademy.org/

Open Learning repositories http://wikieducator.org/Exemplary_Collection_of_Open_eLearning_Content_Repositories

Academic Earth http://www.academicearth.org/

Open Access Journals (Lists, databases, search engines)

Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page

arXiv http://arxiv.org/ Cornell University Library Open access to 698,064 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics

Public Library of Science http://www.plos.org/ PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

The Open Humanities Alliance is a community of people committed to furthering open access to scholarship and learning in the humanities. http://openhumanitiesalliance.org/

Free Online Journals lists and search http://www.dmoz.org/Science/Publications/Journals/Free_Online_Journals/

Directory of Open Access Journals http://www.doaj.org/

IAMCR - International Association for Media and Communication Research (Media and Communication Open Access Journals) Excellent, comprehensive list http://iamcr.org/content/view/195/322

MDPI Open Access Publishing http://www.mdpi.com/ MDPI is a publisher of peer-reviewed, open access journals since its establishment in 1996.

Sherpa/Romeo http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/index.php?fIDnum=%7C&mode=simple&la=en Use this site to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement. Alphabetic List http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/browse.php?colour=green

Peer Reviewed Open Access Journals http:// .colorado.edu/dean/peer_reviewed.htm Comprehensive list, alphabetic by discipline

CSeARCH - Cultural Studies electronic ARCHive http://culturemachine.tees.ac.uk/vle/domain/csearch/tabs/about.asp CSeARCH stands for 'Cultural Studies electronic ARCHive'. It is a free, open access archive for cultural studies research literature and related materials, and is provided as a further supplement to the Culture Machine e-journal.

JURN directory 3,000 links to selected arts & humanities ejournals. Journals listed are either free (open access), or offer significant free content. http://www.jurn.org/directory/

Academic Journals (list) http://www.academicjournals.org/journals.htm

Open Access Journals Search Engine (OAJSE) http://oajse.com/ An Open Access E-Journal Portal of Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University

INTECH Open Access Publisher (Mostly Books) http://www.intechweb.org/ http://www.intechopen.com/ InTech is a multidisciplinary Open Access publisher of books and journals covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. Since 2004, we have published more than 520 books. . . At present we publish four scientific journals and more than 200 books per year. Our rich collection currently comprises more than 12,500 book chapters.

Academic Journals (List) http://www.academicjournals.org/journals.htm#Arts_and_Education ACADEMIC JOURNALS provides free access to research information to the international community without financial, legal or technical barriers.

Open Directory Project Online Archives: Science http://www.dmoz.org/Science/Publications/Archives/Free_Access_Online_Archives/ Online Journals: Science http://www.dmoz.org/Science/Publications/Journals/Free_Online_Journals/ Free Access Theory http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Issues/Intellectual_Property/Free_Access_Theory/


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