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NIACE amber thomas 20120120

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Benefits of Sharing and Reuse: a perspective on OER

Benefits of Sharing and Reuse: a perspective on OER



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  • Introduction I have worked supporting the sharing of learning materials online for over 12 years : NGfL – FE and HE content officer Ferl manager working with NLN materials and ACLearn Wm-share Repositories Jorum OER I’ve seen themes come and go. http://infteam.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2012/01/05/processproduct/
  • UK OER Programme www.jisc.ac.uk/oer
  • UK OER Programme The OER Infokit is a great place to start. http://bit.ly/oerinfokit It includes content for managers and for experts.
  • UK OER Programme This complexity of what we have been exploring in the UK OER Programme
  • UK OER Programme Over the last 3 years we have been exploring OER. In this talk I want to pick through some of the key issues around practice and content, and sharing and use.
  • Practice and Content From UK OER Programme evaluation and synthesis team blog http://oersynthesis.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2011/06/04/update-on-open-contentopen-practices/
  • Practice and Content There has been a shifting focus even within the OER field. http://infteam.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2012/01/05/processproduct
  • Practice and Content Strongest focus has been on creating resources and putting them on the web But as time has moved on there is more interest in: The process of sharing The types of use The way that an abundance of content might influence teaching practice Written through all this are issues of digital literacy, both of teachers and of learners. Podcast/Press Release: Digital literacy is key to unlocking the value of online resources says the HEA and JISC http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2011/09/oer.aspx
  • Content Use Research literature tends to focus on “ratified” Very little focus on “independent” use, especially learner use. We’re trying to redress this: Literature review of learners use of learning resources http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/oer2/LearnerVoice.aspx Digital visitors and residents research http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/projects/visitorsandresidents.aspx
  • Content Use So what do we know about people using other people’s resources? It’s hard to know – iceberg Visible use is a particular type of use: where the OER is incorporated into a third party material and relicensed out and called “OER”. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Increased interest in usage data to derive intelligence about how educational content is used For example projects like the Learning Registry http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2011/11/learningregistry.aspx
  • Content Use But wait ... what do we mean by “use” anyway? Whether you can “use” something depends on what it is and what you want to do with it. use case: picture of a newspaper in the winter you put it on your windscreen In the olden days you wrapped fish and chips in it But mainly, the main use case is you pick it up and read it There are interactive bits too – who does the crossword? And bits you might annotate – like the tv guide or a job ad. You might even rip a bit out, like the article in the local paper about road closures. You know what to do with it  
  • Content Use Sometimes it gets complicated especially in the world of learning technology research. We’ve been looking at the tip of the iceberg, where licensing matters and where editability matters. But I’ve had an OER Turn http://infteam.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2011/09/16/the-oer-turn/ “ We don’t want to kill open practice dead by focusing too strictly on definitions of openness any more than we want to kill open content by diluting the promise to users seeking editable re-licensable content. “ We’d do well to remember the Pareto principle: I would argue at least 80% of use is reading/watching/listening Perhaps it would map onto the Neilsen 90-9-1 rule like this. In that 80%/99% we see the world that most people see, the world that is used as read-only. Wikipedia Youtube iTunes It’s not to say you can’t edit Wikipedia or create your own content but I’m talking about the majority  
  • Content Use So what does openness mean for the 80/90%? A lot! Content available sharing knowledge and information that was previously unavailable. #Win!
  • Content It opens up content that wasn’t otherwise available. Of course that is a good thing. Even without adaptation, availability of content is a good thing. After all, most teachers would just link to existing content without adaptation anyway. Wouldn’t they? These are questions we are asking
  • Directions To look at the benefits of sharing and use we have to think about: all four quadrants learners society
  • Directions Lots of directions this could take, and is taking.