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NW eLearning Conference Resources for Librarians

It’s important for librarians to attend conferences from time to time that aren’t library-focused. Toward that end, I recently attended the NW eLearning conference (Oct. 22-23, 2015 in Olympia), and I found it a very rewarding experience. Besides amazing keynotes by Jesse Stommel (from UW Madison) and Audrey Watters (Writer/Owner Hack Education), there were many sessions on topics of interest to librarians. And there were several librarians in attendance besides me, both giving excellent presentations and just being attendees.

Several of the sessions I attended focused on Open Educational Resources (OER) and streaming video resources. I made notes on various websites and other materials mentioned in these sessions, and although I haven’t had time to explore them all myself, I wanted to pass them along as possible resources for the work that we do.

OER
BC Campus – an open education group out of Canada.
Tiki Toki — a software that allows one to build a visual timeline online including videos, pictures, text.
Writing Spaces – website with peer-reviewed essays on writing which can be a good substitute for traditional textbook. Good for English faculty. Presenter said they are CC licensed so you can remix them.
OER Research Hub blog – blog on OER research from UK organization.

Video/Film
Powtoon – free online software that allows you to create animated videos and presentations.
GoAnimate – another online software that allows you to created animated videos. I haven’t explored whether there’s a free version or not.
CanIStream.It? – according to them, it’s “The fastest and most awesome way to find streaming movies or TV shows to rent or buy, across most major services” such as Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, iTunes, etc.
Kanopy – “on demand streaming video for educational institutions” and they have a patron driven acquisition option.
Swank – database providing access to feature movies.
Media Education Foundation (MEF) – “Educational Videos About Media, Culture, and Society For The Classroom.”

Disclaimer: I’m not recommending or promoting these; just mentioning because they seemed worth looking into further.

–Submitted by Deb Moore

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