7 Localize a Resource

Detailed Description of Learning Activity

Complete this activity in small groups. Many resources have generic content. Take a module (or an OER resource) and annotate the content with notes and examples that make it relevant to the local context. Different regions have different considerations for safety, operation, resourcing…etc. For example, Welding Competency A2 requires students to understand workplace responsibilities. Consider an actual workplaces in your region (ones that are likely to hire graduates from your program or ones that have already employed students), and have students outline what specific responsibilities each position in the organization will have. This could also be extended into the local community by having students reach out to workplaces and employers to discuss how this content applies to their context.

Publish these annotations in a shared document that can be distributed beyond the individual learner.

Purpose of Activity

  • Bring content alive with relevancy.
  • Apply theory to actual case studies and situations.

What Makes This Open?

  • Uses OER.
  • Students create content.
  • Collaborative/team-based learning.
  • Students share learning or resources beyond class.
  • Connected to wider community,


This could be given as a graded assignment.


Activity Time
Explanation of activity and organization of groups 15 minutes
Discussion, information-collecting, annotation. 1 hour-multiple days of asynchronous time
Compilation and distribution of annotated modules to peers. 30 minutes
Discussion and Reflection 30 minutes

Resources Required

  1. Access to module content that can be annotated.
  2. List of local contexts and factors.
  3. Collaborative space (virtual or face-to-face).


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Open Pedagogy in the Trades by Bruce Neid and Nicki Rehn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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