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  1. 1. Template Sections for completion: Case Study Title: OpenExeter Case Study Country: UK Type of organisation described by the case study, address of organisation, hyperlink to organisation, hyperlink to case study source: HE http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/oer/blog/2009/05/ Case Study Contributed by: Andreia Inamorato dos Santos Sections 1-10 1. Mandatory - A brief summary of the institution to be used as a case study About 500 words please on a description of the institution, its OER history and approach. Open Exeter is a JISC-funded project to release existing learning resources as OER, under a suitable license for content use and reuse. The project was launched in May 2009, with the target to make available content equivalent to 360 study credits in their academic system. They aim to embed OER provision into their mainstream content production in the University. They envisage administrating the production and publication process of the material by using an Information Technology Infrastructure Library system. Open Exeter chose to adopt the Creative Commons License, attribution, non- commercial, share-alike (cc-by-nc-sa). They are working towards a streamlined copyright clearance system. Interoperability of systems is also a concern to Open Exeter, so the materials they are launching can be downloaded as ZIP files, and are released in the IMS Content Package format. At present, their VLE is Moodle. 2. Quality – OER/OEP How does the institution approach quality in OER? Is there any current indication of a quality concept or process? Does the institution perceive quality from the perspective of the quality of open educational resources or the quality of open educational practice? How does the institution show
  2. 2. quality through OEP versus quality of OEP? What methods, concepts and practices are used to enhance the quality of OEP? The project places the academics in a role to control quality. There is no formal process to quality control, but a trust that work submitted by academics for online publication has embedded quality. The initiative therefore believes in the quality of its existing materials. There is a concern on both quality of OER and OEP. The focus however is on the quality of OEP, because the project aims to not only make resources available but also to trigger resources reuse by embedding IMS content package into the delivery of its content. This way, other institutions and individuals can embed their materials in other OER initiatives more easily. 3. Innovation How can OER/OEP innovate educational practices? What current innovative practices are there in the institution? Please do not regard innovation from just a technology perspective! Exeter University wants to mainstream the production and provision of OER into its main academic activities. They envisage administrating the production and publication process of the material by using an Information Technology Infrastructure Library system. 4. Policy What are the current OER/OEP policy arrangements at institutional and national level across Europe/the World? In the case of Exeter it falls into the OER UK national initiative funded by JISC. 5. Actors What actors are involved in OER/OEP? Is there any evidence to show that OER actors do not always promote OEP but “only” access to OER? • Academics • University decision makers At the moment the initiative is promoting access, aiming for take up and reuse. 6. Initiatives What OER/OEP initiatives can be evidenced? Is there any evidence to show that OER initiatives do not always promote OEP but “only” access to OER? See above, number 5. 7. Open Educational Practices Can you identify some case studies/ descriptions which form the illustrative base for a more general model of OEP?
  3. 3. 8. Tools and Repositories What tools and repositories are being used to deliver OER/OEP? For example GLOW, Connexions Their own repository, supported by Moodle and IMS common cartridge compliant for ease in the transfer of resources. 9. Strategies Can you identify any strategies for organisations to use OER/OEP? Can you identify any business models that promote OER/OEP? The Information Technology Infrastructure Library system, developed by Exeter to manage the publication of OER in Open Exeter. 10. Current barriers and enablers What are the barriers to the use of OER/OEP? Is there any evidence to how these barriers have been overcome? What are the enablers to the use of OER/ OEP?