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Free Resources for Courses July 12th

July 12 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm IST

The I.T. Sligo Seminar for Open Educational Resources

This seminar has now taken place but the live recording of the talks are available on the links below:

Morning Session: https://itsligo.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=6635de63-d9ef-452a-9670-ab7400a6941c

Afternoon Session: https://itsligo.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=905cdda4-4667-4c57-8012-ab7400d78143

On Wednesday the 4th March 2020 in room A0004, at the Institute of Technology Sligo a one day seminar is taking place to let people know that a wealth of free high quality, valid, third level educational resources are available, and the volume is increasing daily. Tea/Coffee and pastries at 9:30am the talks begin at 10am through to 3pm there will be some great presentations from three guest speakers, all of whom are very much at the forefront of using open resources and learning technology and using them to produce and develop new degree programmes, short courses, modules and standalone certificates. The seminar is thanks to the support of the School of Science and CRiSP the IT Sligo research group.

This seminar theme is about Introducing Open Educational Resources and How to Use Them, and will begin with the first speaker presenting at 9:30am to approximately 3pm. With the last hour ending in an open question and answer workshop, with all three speakers taking part in panel discussions with the audience. For any queries so far please contact organiser Paul Walsh at walsh.paul@nullitsligo.ie. Please see below for some details on each guest speaker. On the 24th of April the Centre for Online Learning will also host an information session on using Open Educational Resources.

The schedule is:

  • 9:30am Tea/Coffee refreshments beside the room for the presentations
  • 10am-11am the first presentation with Dr Catherine Cronin
  • 11am-12pm second presentation with Dr Sharon Flynn
  • 12pm-1pm lunch break (this can finish a little early if helpful to begin the next presentation)
  • 1pm-2pm third presentation with Dr Angelica Risquez
  • 2pm-3pm a closing informal Q&A session with all the guest


Dr Catherine Cronin – Strategic Education Developer, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Presenting at 10am

Dr. Catherine Cronin is Strategic Education Developer at Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education where her collaborative work across the sector supports digital and open education, e.g. development of digital capabilities, use of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP), and development of enabling policies for digital and open teaching and learning. Catherine’s 2018 PhD explored the use of OEP in higher education. She is an active member of the GO-GN and FemEdTech networks and several advisory boards, co-developer of the Equity Unbound open curriculum, and co-chair of the recent OER19 Conference ‘Recentering Open: Critical and Global Perspectives’. A born New Yorker who has made her home in Ireland, you can find Catherine on Twitter @catherinecronin, at catherinecronin.net or via email at catherine.cronin@nullteachingandlearning.ie.

Dr Sharon Flynn – Project Manager Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning at the Irish Universities Association (IUA), Presenting at 11am

Dr Sharon Flynn is currently Project Manager for Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities, a 3-year project funded through the Higher Education Authority Innovation and Transformation Programme. She works closely with senior academic leaders across the university sector to develop, pilot, review and roll out an ambitious staff development programme to enhance the digital confidence, skills and competences of those who teach in Irish universities.

Sharon is a successful hybrid academic with more than 23 years of experience working in higher education in Ireland. Before joining the IUA she was the Assistant Director at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at NUI Galway, where she focused on academic staff development and lead a team of learning technologists. She has been an Associate of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a member of the Professional Development Expert Advisory Group. She started her academic career as a lecturer in the Discipline of Information Technology at NUI Galway.

Sharon can be found on twitter @sharonlflynn or by email at sharon.flynn@nulliua.ie

Dr Angelica Rísquez – Lead Educational Developer at the University of Limerick, Presenting at 1pm.


I am responsible for providing academic leadership in blended and online learning (BL/OL), and for leading the development of the Learning Analytics policy. Since 2006, I have informed and supported the adoption of centrally supported educational technologies, delivered CPD offerings in the area of BL/OL, and collaborated in multiple teaching innovation projects involving TEL. I have led innovation and research projects funded by the National Forum around digital capacity and open educational practice (OEP). I have also represented UL in a number of its advisory boards and served as institutional representative in other National Forum projects. Currently I am working on the national delivery of the National Forum open course ‘Getting started with online teaching’ and leading the course for facilitators. At international level, I currently lead a work package in an Erasmus+ project in OEP and have recently served as country expert in TEL for the European Commission Centre for European Policy Studies. I contribute to the scholarship of T&L through dissemination in peer reviewed high impact sources. I am module leader for Blended Learning (TL5101) and Technology Enhanced Learning: Theory and Practice (TL5112), delivered in the GradDip in T&L, and I was course director for the programme (2014-17). I also teach at undergraduate level in UL, and in an online masters for the National Open University of Spain (UNED).

From 2pm there will be a panel discussion with questions from the audience welcome.

Tickets for this seminar are available through this Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-resources-for-courses-tickets-85508826201

By using Open Educational Resources we can benefit from the knowledge of others and in turn share, contribute and further add to this sustainable model of creating new degrees at very little or no cost, while making education entirely open to everyone not able to access third level education.

The Hewlett Foundation has updated its definition of OER:

“Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions[7]“. The new definition explicitly states that OER can include both digital and non-digital resources. Also, it lists several types of use that OER permit, inspired by 5R activities of OER.

Retain – the right to make, own, and control copies of the content (e.g., download, duplicate, store, and manage)

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)

Revise – the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself (e.g., translate the content into another language)

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)

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)




July 12
9:30 am - 3:00 pm IST
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