How OERs can help a StrategicallyImportant and Vulnerable SubjectArea - Quantitative Social Science Dr Jackie Carter, Univ...
200 years 200 countries 4 minutes“I came to understand the world               http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojob...
CC BY-NC-ND 2.0   NPR http://richannel.org/visualising-how-a-population-reaches-7-billion
http://www.esds.ac.uk
Prof John MacInnes - ESRC Strategic Advisor for Quantitative Methods at UndergraduateLevelSource: www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/U...
Policy Drivers for Quantitative Skills• Quantitative Methods (QM) or  Quantitative Skills (QS) or  Statistical Literacy• I...
Celebrating the value and relevance of the socialsciences(above)http://blogs.bis.gov.uk/blog/2011/11/08/celebrating-the-va...
www.jisc.ac.uk/inform/inform33/OpenWorking.htmlhttp://www.oer-quality.org/tag/qa/
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2462/3613705218_aae4ca0477.jpg
The SCORE Project   The aims of this project are to share teaching   resources and expertise in those institutions already...
Methodology                                               • Identify willing                                              ...
giving students an opportunity to                  express their fears and frustrations                  about the use of ...
‘you don’t learn much about research          methodology by just reading books and writing          essays, you do have t...
‘so students get a real view of where Britain sits  in a global context….it captures their imagination’Mark Easton – Home ...
Data, data, data. I cannot make bricks    without clay (Sherlock Holmes)let them ‘get their hands dirty with data’ inorder...
Data Journalism         • BBC College of           Journalism         • Focus on open data –           e.g. Political part...
Policy Related Research                                                                 UK Poverty Advisor for Save       ...
My first reaction to sharing      resources was one of horror! I      remembered days spent writing ..      my teaching ma...
and I realized how great these            Once I understood the terms of the      things were precisely because           ...
is open a step too far too soon for some?            QM teaching group (QANTAC) – sharing in a closed way first….         ...
Learning from similar initiatives
“OER is a very young concept. People who live it every dayare sort of like why arent more people doing it?’ Its stillvery ...
Jean Spector http://fr.fotopedia.com/items/jeans-AJA3RruQUkAAttribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works
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  1. 1. How OERs can help a StrategicallyImportant and Vulnerable SubjectArea - Quantitative Social Science Dr Jackie Carter, University ofManchester and SCORE, The Open University, UK
  2. 2. 200 years 200 countries 4 minutes“I came to understand the world http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojoby visiting it. I use statistics tocheck my understanding and to http://howtomakeadifference.net/2012/03/28/hans-tell others.”CC BY-NC 2.0 rosling/
  3. 3. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 NPR http://richannel.org/visualising-how-a-population-reaches-7-billion
  4. 4. http://www.esds.ac.uk
  5. 5. Prof John MacInnes - ESRC Strategic Advisor for Quantitative Methods at UndergraduateLevelSource: www.esrc.ac.uk/_images/Undergraduate_quantitative_research_methods_tcm8-2722.pdf
  6. 6. Policy Drivers for Quantitative Skills• Quantitative Methods (QM) or Quantitative Skills (QS) or Statistical Literacy• Increasingly, Hefce will invest on behalf of students to meet the costs incurred by universities that cannot be covered by fees alone: support for widening participation, high-cost subjects, specialist institutions, and strategically important and vulnerable subjects.www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectionc www.britac.ac.uk/policy/Languages_and_ode=26&storycode=419552&c=1 Quantitative_Skills.cfm
  7. 7. Celebrating the value and relevance of the socialsciences(above)http://blogs.bis.gov.uk/blog/2011/11/08/celebrating-the-value-and-relevance-of-the-social-sciences/ QUANTITATIVE SKILLS: LEARNING LESSONS FROM OVERSEAS (right) http://www.britac.ac.uk/
  8. 8. www.jisc.ac.uk/inform/inform33/OpenWorking.htmlhttp://www.oer-quality.org/tag/qa/
  9. 9. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2462/3613705218_aae4ca0477.jpg
  10. 10. The SCORE Project The aims of this project are to share teaching resources and expertise in those institutions already working to upskill students in QM; and to focus on resources that address global issues by using real world data The resulting open educational resources (OER) will be accompanied by ‘stories’ or narratives of exemplar usage, engaging social science learners with QM. The focus will be away from economics and psychology
  11. 11. Methodology • Identify willing respondents from: – quantitative-methods- teachers mailing list – Media contacts – Policy practitioners • This presentation is a snapshot of results 2/3 way through the project (see paper)myitzonecasestudies.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/case-studies.jpg
  12. 12. giving students an opportunity to express their fears and frustrations about the use of abuse of statistics from the outset, ….supporting them throughout - and especially in the early stages - in terms of their use of data and statistics Fear of Tests Studying for my biostatistics exam was scary enough, without the spiders.CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The Michael http://www.flickr.com/photos/pictoral/268139464/sizes/o/in/photostream/
  13. 13. ‘you don’t learn much about research methodology by just reading books and writing essays, you do have to go out and collect some data, and you don’t really appreciate the craft of quantitative methods until you do a bit of recoding and see what difference it makes’CC BY 2.0 Stuart Bannockswww.flickr.com/photos/42665617@N07/6021961819/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  14. 14. ‘so students get a real view of where Britain sits in a global context….it captures their imagination’Mark Easton – Home Editor http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15164970
  15. 15. Data, data, data. I cannot make bricks without clay (Sherlock Holmes)let them ‘get their hands dirty with data’ inorder to appreciate that it generates animprovement in practical not just theoreticalskills. [Using data provides] a risk-free way to gain statistical, computer and information skills .. directly applicable to the workplace [it’s about] transferable skillsThere is a balance between helping studentsto collect data themselves and giving accessto authoritative data sources …focussing on research design and how to become a social scientist.
  16. 16. Data Journalism • BBC College of Journalism • Focus on open data – e.g. Political party donations • Tools for data exploration (pivot tables) • Motivation – in search of a story
  17. 17. Policy Related Research UK Poverty Advisor for Save the Children Statistics in Real Life – 1st Year course at University of Manchester – Guest speakerwww.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/feb/23/child-poverty-britain-map#
  18. 18. My first reaction to sharing resources was one of horror! I remembered days spent writing .. my teaching materials and felt very protective of them – why would I then share them with someone else? …in academia we are socialized into being protective about our materials Context is everything in QM teaching and I started to feel that I was almost certainly going through the same laborious process that hundreds of lecturers before me had gone through themselves. Why we’re we replicating this process in isolation? Think how much time we could save if we pooled resources! …I decided that I didn’t want to continue the ‘cycle of abuse’ along the lines of “well I had to do it on my own so why should I share my hard-earned experience and resources with someone else?”http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5537336223/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  19. 19. and I realized how great these Once I understood the terms of the things were precisely because Creative Commons licenses and the people had collaborated and protection they gave my resources I shared. … actually I was quite proud was sold. of my resources and that as well as criticism there was also the If you do it [tagging] right then your possibility that I would receive work will turn up high on Google positive feedback… there is a searches (I’ve already had people tell parallel with publishing – if you do me that they found my resources via good work then it gets read and you Google start to build your reputation. In an era in which the student experience .. stipulated through the licensing and teaching quality is becoming agreement that any derived works increasingly important to HEIs, why must be deposited in JORUM also – wouldn’t you want to show-off your thus we are starting to build a critical resources? mass of open access materials that will only snowball as more and more people get involvedhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5537336223/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  20. 20. is open a step too far too soon for some? QM teaching group (QANTAC) – sharing in a closed way first…. ….but with leadership could open up Need to understand the benefits of sharing .. Real world examples – real opportunity to develop OER worth sharing Links to employability very importanthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5537336223/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  21. 21. Learning from similar initiatives
  22. 22. “OER is a very young concept. People who live it every dayare sort of like why arent more people doing it?’ Its stillvery young and it will come of age. We will look back tenyears from now we will see the OER movement as the singlebiggest change for creating access to high quality highereducation for people on the planet - most people just dontrealise it yet.And where weve got to do some work is search and retrievaland application - thats still the great frontier. Were notdoing a good enough job in equipping our educators toparticipate; were not doing a good enough job in enablingour students to find it and do something meaningful with it”. Professor Martin Bean; VC Open University, UK Questions & discussion: Bridging the divide: visions of education futures through technology. Going Global Conference 2012
  23. 23. Jean Spector http://fr.fotopedia.com/items/jeans-AJA3RruQUkAAttribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works

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