Good Practice

Training course creation / *Spain*

Open University of Catalonia as member of the OportUnidad Project

Course designed for Open culture promotion by developing OEP and sharing among colleagues. The course is learner-centred, i.e. the participant is in charge of his/her learning process having a participative and active role. The methodology objective is fostering participants’ performance of actions towards changes at the institutional level.
The achievement of the above competencies results from conducting five activities

  1. Understanding OER and OEP
  2. Analysis of Own Teaching Practice
  3. OER Adoption
  4. Openness and Collaboration
  5. Conclusion and Projection

The course activities balance individual and collaborative peer work. Transversally to the five activities, an individual log collects students’ answers to guiding questions, following a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) structure. According to the above outlined activities, participants can adapt the development of activities to their own needs along a personalized itinerary.
The course is entirely online on a platform including tools for the development of each activity.

Follow-up strategies: The approach of the course emphasises the activity of the participants rather than the role of the tutor, i.e. the design aims to encourage participants’ autonomous learning. The role of the tutor involves guiding and facilitating the learning process, as well as motivating and accompanying participants. The tutor orientates the development of learning activities by presenting, monitoring and assessing (validation of evidence templates). The tutor also acts as a catalyst and motivator.

Why is this a good practice:
This course conceives university faculty as change agents within universities. Therefore, the course includes activities oriented towards open education and supports actions in this regard affecting people and organizations. The course design and approach foster its replication; even as a training strategy within the institutions of participants.

URL: http://openaccess.uoc.edu/webapps/o2/handle/10609/26161