The niche that these media now fill becomes apparent when a quick Google search is conducted with the terms such as “K-12 OER Canada” or “K-12 OER Alberta”. The results quickly indicate the current status of OER in Canada is less developed than in countries such as the USA with their federal Department of Education’s #GoOpen for K-12 teachers.
Because the media have CC-BY-SA licensing, these media can and will be reused – posted in blogs or embedded in credit and non-credit professional learning offerings. This reuse will likely not remain within Canada, not merely because of internet connectivity but because as educators themselves, the podcast contributors came from the USA, England, and New Zealand.
The sharing out of the media and potentially having teachers elsewhere in the world study these media will be part of the multiplying effect of these podcasts and videos. As K-12 teachers further their understanding of OER and Open Pedagogy their students and parents will also become part of the growing awareness of the potential of OER, thus multiplying out support for open educational practies. This OER project was funded by the Alberta Open Educational Resources (ABOER) Initiative and was made possible through an investment from the Alberta government.
project url: http://bolt.athabascau.ca/index.php/oer/multiply-k-12-alberta-oer-project/
Contributed by: Constance Blomgren