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This task was designed in the context of the C-SAP (Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Open Educational Resources) Open Educational Resources Phase II project: Cascading Social Science Open …

This task was designed in the context of the C-SAP (Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Open Educational Resources) Open Educational Resources Phase II project: Cascading Social Science Open Educational Resources. Through the use of reflexive tasks, the project team aims to develop a collaborative framework for cascading OERs within social sciences. This reflexive task is designed to give the cascade project partners a chance to discuss issues related to project priority areas (i.e. capturing/developing the cascade framework, student engagement and OER release) within the framework of peer review.

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  • 1. Reflexive task: Peer reviewThis task was designed in the context of the C-SAP (Higher Education Academy SubjectCentre for Open Educational Resources) Open Educational Resources Phase IIproject: Cascading Social Science Open Educational Resources. Through the use of reflexivetasks, the project team aims to develop a collaborative framework for cascading OERswithin social sciences. This reflexive task is designed to give the cascade project partners achance to discuss issues related to project priority areas (i.e. capturing/developingthe cascade framework, student engagement and OER release) within the framework ofpeer review.Task overviewWe have put together a number of reflexive prompts (see below) which you can use asheadings to help structure your discussions, however feel free to incorporate additionalthemes and issues that you find relevant in your own context. You might also find it usefulto have a look at the peer review development activity which took place in the context ofthe pilot project. The format in which you write up your reflexive account is pretty much upto you and could include text documents, annotated diagrams, audio recordings (providedthere is a transcript attached) etc.The topics we would like you to consider are as follows:Cascade frameworkHow are you addressing the cascade framework in the context of your involvement in theproject? Is this a generic model for “how to” cascade OER practices from one context toanother? Or is it a model for “how to do” OER in the C-SAP/social sciences ethos? Are wecascading with the intention of creating OER consumers, producers or both? Who are wecascading to? How does the institutional context impact on the opportunities or barriers tosharing and how relevant is that context to our cascade framework?On a related note, how are you capturing development of the cascade framework? As partof our efforts aimed at capturing the process of developing a rationale for the cascadeframework we have explored tools such as voicethread, mindmeister or prezi. Of course,numerous other tools exist – which ones have you found to be most useful when it comes torepresenting/visualising the cascade framework? Which tools would you recommend toanyone who might want to use the cascade framework developed in the context of thisproject in the future? In particular, if you had a chance to use the toolkit developed in thecontext of the pilot project, in what way could that be helpful to current and futurecascaders and cascadees?This content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK:England & Wales http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ 1
  • 2. The social sciences contextOverall, through our involvement in the OER programme (pilot/second phase) we haveembedded our bids and project plans within a critical social science perspective on theprocesses of sharing digital educational resources. On a related note, the cascade projectseeks to cascade support for embedding Open Educational Resources within the socialsciences curriculum. At the same time, in what way does this disciplinary context impact onyour own involvement in the project? In what way can we/are we capturing the socialsciences perspective within the cascade framework?Some themes and issues we have identified previously (by no means an extensive list)include the process of social sciences knowledge production, the space for OERs within thesocial sciences curriculum; power relationships within OER context - between HE and HE inFE institutions; between producers and users of content, students and tutors etc.Student engagementIn the project bid, we have stated that “students should become active co-creators oflearning”; we have also indicated student engagement as one of our priority areas. Inour draft mindmap of the cascade framework, we have indicated a number of approachesto using OERs with students: “hand-picked”, “letting students loose” and “students asproducers”. Each of these implies rather different priorities for content production andrelease, as well as for reuse of content. Which approach have you adopted whenintroducing OER resources and/or open education-related concepts to your students? Haveyou identified any particular resources, strategies etc. that others might find useful? Finally,what conditions need to be met to enable students to understand the purpose and theirrelationship with OER s and how might we deal with any issues they might have about lossof contact with teachers?OER releaseFor this part of the peer review task, please select one of the resources you are currentlydeveloping. To facilitate discussion about re-purposing, please upload your resource (itreally doesn’t matter if the resource is in a very raw state at the moment) to the wiki andshare the link with your peer review partner.What technical challenges/issues/aspects have you identified in terms of developing yourresource? How have you/are you planning to address issues around accessibility, copyright,depositing etc.? We recognise that for most of you have decided to release resources at thegranular level of a module - what issues do you see arising from this choice?What major issues with regard to re-usability can you identify? For instance, in the contextof the pilot project, we commented on the fact that a lot of teaching materials we receivedare embedded in the context of a particular institution and rely on implicit pedagogicassumptions. How do you envisage that your material will be re-used and do you have aThis content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK:England & Wales http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ 2
  • 3. specific audience in mind – e.g. colleagues within/outside your own institution? Yourstudents? Independent learners? How would these different end users change your thinkingabout the material and the ways in which it could be re-used?This content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK:England & Wales http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ 3

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