Designing and Developing Open Education Resources in Higher Education: A Molecular Biology Project

By Alex Parisky and Rachel Boulay.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Recent advances in internet technology have transformed how we gather and share information in today’s world and have provided us with a platform to access educational resources and related information on the Internet. Every day, new technologies are developed that are changing the when and where we access that information. The capabilities of new technologies have allowed society to access information and learn virtually anywhere. As technical ingenuity continues to generate new technologies and paths of communication, we must look for opportunities to collaborate, share and extend our educational resources in higher education. Distributing Open Educational Resources (OER) in the form of freely licensed materials is necessary in order to laterally influence current advances in learning technologies. Online resources are being used in a variety of contexts to supplement instruction and training at higher education institutions. The aim of this Open Educational Resource project was to design and develop a blended learning instructional program to assist online users in developing familiarity with laboratory techniques prior to conducting molecular biology research in an authentic laboratory setting. This paper will look at the background of OER, describe the online materials that the Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCR) developed for open use, and discuss the outcomes and implications for use.

Keywords: Open Source, Science, Online Learning, Blended Learning

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.145-155. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 925.439KB).

Alex Parisky

Instructional Designer - Science Education, Center for Cardiovascular Research, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

I am currently a Doctoral Student in Educational Technology. I am Instructional Designer for the Center for Cardiovascular Research at the John A. Burns, University of Hawaii. I am doing my dissertation research on how Medical School uses distance learning systems to supplement traditional medical education.

Dr. Rachel Boulay

Assistant Professor, Center for Cardiovascular Research, John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Rachel Boulay is the Director of Education for the Center for Cardiovascular Research. She is committed to building the bridges between science teachers and scientists to collaboratively spark students' interest in science. She recently launched a statewide initiative to upgrade the content knowledge of biology teachers teaching in public high schools throughout the Hawaiian islands and the Pacific. She has a broad background in research and evaluation as well as in curriculum development, technology integration and organizational change in education. Research areas include the development and structure of online open access content for teaching science, professional development for K-12 teachers and higher education faculty, and the instructional design of curriculum materials for use in blended learning environments.


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