Welcome to this Open Professional Development Sprint

Our Goal

We’re going to collect and build materials to help first-time online teachers. This professional development curriculum will be comprised of the materials you share. From personal advice to pedagogical resources, from questions on accessibility to transitioning face-to-face lessons into online spaces, we will curate and rate these materials for others to use. In the end, we will have a set of resources that you can reuse or remix for your own professional development. You will also have experience with a process for developing open professional development materials that you can adapt for your own campus.

What is Open Professional Development?

Intentionally sharable content

Open Educational Resources are often equated with open textbooks, but OER also includes open problem banks, open syllabi, open training resources, etc. The key in all of these is seeking out sharable content that can be reused and remixed for your project.

Defining the “Open” in Open Content (CC-BY from opencontent.org)

  1. Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)
  2. Reuse – the right to use the content in a wide range of ways (e.g., in a class, in a study group, on a website, in a video)
  3. Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)
  4. Remix – the right to combine the original or revised content with other material to create something new (e.g., incorporate the content into a mashup)
  5. Redistribute – the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others (e.g., give a copy of the content to a friend)

Appropriately licensed

Creative Commons licenses are the most commonly used for open resources. Critically, these licenses tell others what they can do with your materials without asking your permission:

Diagram of the creative common licenses showing the restrictions on copying, attributing, commercial use, modification, and changing the license. More details are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses.
Source: Creative Commons licenses explainedCC BY-SA

How Do I Use This Website?

There are three main sections of content on this website:

  • Resources – A collection of participant submitted resources. There’s also an opportunity to upvote and view the most recommended resources.
  • Reflections – Like with the resources page, this is a collection of participant submitted reflections. Again, there’s also an opportunity to upvote and view the most recommended reflections.
  • What’s Next? – Thinking about the next steps, where could we take the content we’ve produced? What mediums/platforms make it easy to share? These are some of the questions we seek to briefly answer on this page.

Creative Commons License
This website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License by Keegan Long-Wheeler and John Stewart.