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Hot Topic:  OER

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Hot Topic:

The Positive and Negative Uses of OER:

The real picture...


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Hot Topic:

The Positive and Negative Use of OER:  The Real Picture

Thursday, March 29th


Exhibition Hall, Booth 540


recording: https://youtu.be/s47PEzIFXs0 


Abstract: OER is a bandwagon for some, but a reality for many educators, language leaders, and administrators in education institutions. Courses have been planned to include OER, and courses and programs have been designed to be OER. The overall purpose of this discussion will be to promote awareness; specifically, it will be to define OER, to understand the concept of OER, to address the positive and negative use of OER, and to case-share examples of some OER use to recognize the real picture. Implications and recommendations will be made throughout the session to assist educators and language leaders in decision-making challenges. (100 words)


Short Summary: The purpose – to promote awareness – is to define OER, to understand the concept of OER, to address the positive and negative use of OER, and to case-share examples of OER use to recognize the real picture. Implications and recommendations will be made to assist educators’ and language leaders’ decision-making challenges. (50 words)



Christine Sabieh   

James May

Christel Broady

Rick Rosenberg

Jonah Moos

Stephanie Farah






Links to materials  

 5 mins

Christine Sabieh 

Notre Dame Univerisity


Introduction: ...

 introduce panel and state purpose of panel

Sabieh - intro - The positive and negative use of OER.pptx  

10 mins

Christine Sabieh

Placing OER in context:

A. Definition & B. Concept

Defining OER and placing the OER concept in context to address the challenges of  using OER and lay the theoretical grounds to understand the examples in context.

Sabieh 2 - Placing OER in context - TESOL 2018 OER Panel .pptx

10 mins

Stephanie Farah

Notre Dame University




Use of OER, its implications & recommendations:

A. Positive use: OER Uses and  Examples

B. Negative use: OER Uses and Examples

Listing positive and negative uses of OER in context based on studies done in developed and developing countries;

Providing feedback from students and instructors about the positive and negative experience to discuss implications and recommendations on best practices. 

TESOL 2018 - Stephanie Farah.pptx


10 mins 


Christel Broady

Georgetown College


Case-share example:   

A. Using OER to create and administer Online ESL Teacher Education Programs 

Creating, administering, and running an online teacher education program, conducting training for professors, and collecting data, using OER


Christel_OER_3-12-2018_for Wiki.pptx


10 mins 


Jonah Moos

Saint Michael's College


Case-share example:

B. Adapting OER materials for use in Adjunct modeled CBI

  Description of  four CBI adjunct model courses developed with varying degrees of OER materials used, why they were used and what challenges were faced.


10 mins 


James May 

 Valencia College


Case-share example: C. Freemium, crowd-sourced, and adaptive OER: Exploring the adjacent possibilities. 

Discuss the benefits of using freemium, crowdsourced, and adaptive OER. Case-share some examples and showcase how and why these tools benefit learners. 

Link to Presentation

10 mins


Rick Rosenberg

Regional English Language Officer. Central America, Caribbean


Case-share example: D. OER resources, courses, and communities of practice: Options for exchange and collaboration. Discuss the move of the Office of English Language Programs toward full OER resources and courses for students and educators and how social media and CoPs provide forums for exchange of OER materials and ideas. Rick's Slides

10 minutes 


Conclusion: Real picture to assist decision-making challenges & audience participation  

Sum up and Q/A




Presenter Biographies


Name  Biography 

Christine Sabieh,

Notre Dame University, Lebanon (sabieh@hotmail.com) 

Dr Christine Sabieh, Professor at Notre Dame University, is an American who lives in Lebanon. Through her teaching, administrative posts, and research, she keeps up her interest in Language teaching, assessment, education, teacher training, Educational Technology and Educational Psychology. An advocate of CALL and a Certified On-Line Instructor/Trainer, she does education consultancy, conducts workshops, publishes, and participates in conferences on a national, regional and international level. She is a member of TESOL, serving as the CALL-IS Chair Elect 2017. She also is an active contributor to TESOL Arabia activities and publications.   

James May,

Valencia College, USA (jmay@valenciacollege.edu) 

Dr. James May is the Faculty Fellow for Innovation and Technology at Valencia College where he teaches English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to non-native English speakers. He is a long time board member of Sunshine State TESOL, Florida’s affiliate to TESOL International, and is a member of the CALL IS Steering Committee. James got his start in the field of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in the mid 90's as a linguist for the U.S. Army, and has been working in digitally hybrid worlds ever since. He has been named Professor of the Year in the state of Florida twice, first by the Association of Florida Colleges in 2010 and then again by the Carnegie Foundation in 2011. He was also named one of the Nation’s Top 40 Innovators in Education by the Center for Digital Education in 2013.
Christel Broady, Georgetown College, USA (christel.broady@gmail.com) 

Christel is a professor, Chair of Advanced Graduate Studies, and Director of the ESL Program at Georgetown College in Kentucky, USA. She has published books, chapters, articles, and Blog posts and she is a frequently invited speaker in the USA and abroad. She is a materials writer and researcher in the area of CALL.  She is the manager of a professional learning community of over 4000 followers via award-winning Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and utilized by ELT/EFL/ESL professionals in the USA and 171 additional countries sharing the latest news and developments in the ELT profession:  

Rick Rosenberg,

US Department of State, USA (rpr38@yahoo.com) 

Rick Rosenberg        

Rick Rosenberg is the Regional English Language Officer for Central America and and the Caribbean. Rick was previously the Materials Branch Chief for the Office of English Language Programs and is widely known as the "Father" of the Trace Effects language learning 3D video game. As Materials Chief, Rick directed teams of teacher/writer/editors who published extensive online, print, and mobile content and developed the American English portal for EFL educators and learners worldwide (americanenglish.state.gov). Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Rick was a Fulbright scholar in both Mostar and Niksic Yugoslavia (former), and has taught, done teacher training, and administered language programs in over a dozen countries. Rick’s professional areas of interest include materials development, English for specific purposes, CALL, and peace education.

Jonah Moos,

St. Michael's College, USA (jmoos@smcvt.edu) 

Jonah is an Instructor in the Intensive English, Academic English and MA TESOL programs at Saint Michael’s College. He has taught academic English in Beirut, Cairo, Vermont, and Washington DC. He is a regular presenter at regional and international conferences and past President of the NileTESOL board as well as chair of the 2011 Conference. He is interested in content-based curriculum design, vocabulary, assessment, and teacher training.  

Stephanie Farah,

Notre Dame University, Lebanon (sfarah@ndu.edu.lb) 

Stephanie Farah is a holder of an MA degree in Applied Linguistics and TEFL from Notre Dame University Louaize. She has taught at several Lebanese universities, including Notre Dame University (NDU) and the Lebanese American University since 2005. She has taught courses related to Intensive English skills, remedial writing skills, business communication skills, oral communication skills, rhetoric, and linguistics. She is currently a full-time lecturer and coordinator of the first remedial composition course (ENL 105) at NDU. 



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