Teacher’s choice using OER: linking learning to life, work and future learning

When the teacher plans learning activities in VET programmes, it is useful to ensure that people can apply what they have learned. This is especially emphasised in VET education, European policy and research linked to transfer. 

In an OER-supported educational program, it can therefore be useful to consider "connect" activities that can help the learner apply what he or she has learned. Connected activities can make existing knowledge more useful. Connected activities range from a simple stop-and-think questions to a full-scale work project. To design effective "connect" activities,  one should start with a clear idea of what one wants to connect.

The figure below is designed to help the planning process. 

To connect this

To this

Use this type of Connect activity

Individual principles, concepts, and other bits of learning

The learner’s work or studies

Consider activities such as identifying examples

Critical bits of information

Gaps in the learner’s current understanding

Questioning activities

Major themes in the OER supported learning environment

The learner’s life

Stories told by the learner

Producers and policies

The learner’s professional work

Job aids and original work activities

Limited information in the learner’s course

The large body of knowledge in a field

The learner’s active search for knowledge, problems and answers to a subject. ‘Research’ activities

Current information

New information that the learner will encounter

The learner’s active search for knowledge, problems and answers to a subject. ‘Research’ activities

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