Exploring OER rich media reuse through  social media content communities.        process.arts case study.      HEA Annual ...
What is process.arts?An open online resource sharing day-to-day arts practice and researchof arts staff, students, alumni ...
http://process.arts.ac.uk
Background - grass roots activity, documenting     practice & shared web environments2006: Documented students and staff w...
Combining institutional support & grass roots activity    for developing sustainable Open Educational Practice.Voluntary (...
SurveysYour Digital World - please tell us more!
2010 -15 Institutional Strategy             Policy & cultural change.The Medium Term Strategy 2010-15 identifies thedevelo...
Policy & cultural changeUKOER ALTO - http://alto.arts.ac.uk//filestore/
Policy, cultural change & Support  The ‘digital baseline’ blogs will record all aspects of digital life, includinglearning...
Early thoughts and common features from DIAL          evaluation of pilot projects:The DIAL projects provide opportunity f...
Development & SupportImpact of SCORE fellowship &consistent digital stewardship.
Participation.AVERAGE PER MONTH:4k visitors a month.              Logged in users = 3622-3k unique visitors a month.Below ...
Interest groups
Research & conferences
Open staff development
Open learning together
Industry connection & Curriculum          development
The studio/workshop
Alumni involvement
Fun
Support for Open Educational Practice
ALT-C 2012 Mainstreaming grass roots    innovation in open educational practice:            benefits and challengesThe tra...
Thank youChris FollowsEmail: c.follows@wimbledon.arts.ac.ukUniversity of the Arts London272 High HolbornLondonWC1V 7EYMobi...
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Embedding OER and Open practice at the University of the Arts London: Chris Follows

Institutional VLE's and OER repositories are rarely built to support social media content communities, as a result many learning and teaching materials are being independently dispersed across the web using more familiar and user friendly 'social media' environments such as wikis, blogs, independent websites, youtube accounts etc, there is currently no middle ground to facilitate OER content communities. How can OER communities adopt social media tools and practices to help improve and encourage better rich media OER practice?

Key challenges for the rich media reuse community are finding or being directed to the most useful and usable open content. Random google searches will sometimes get you what you want but the content will be more than likely high risk and non-reusable in an OER sense. Finding OER rich media reusable 'gems' in this granular landscape is difficult and random standalone pieces of media content are difficult to assess in regards to reuse, remixing this content even more so.

How do we share and collaborate in this space and overcome the obstacles of use and re-use specifically when creating and designing complex rich media learning content?

Chris will draw from four different perspectives of developing media content communities within practice based Art and Design subjects including SCORE research, http://process.arts.ac.uk ,the DIAL project (digital Integration into arts learning) part of the JISC UK Developing digital literacies programme and ALTO (JISC UK OER programme)

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Embedding OER and Open practice at UAL a process.arts case study, HEA Annual Conference 2012

  1. 1. Exploring OER rich media reuse through social media content communities. process.arts case study. HEA Annual Conference 4 July 2012. Chris Follows,University of the Arts London & SCORE fellow OU.
  2. 2. What is process.arts?An open online resource sharing day-to-day arts practice and researchof arts staff, students, alumni and practitioners.Voluntary run/managed grass roots web2.0 open educationalenvironment.Currently provides a new ‘open learning’ space to the University of theArts London (UAL) that straddles the institution/educational (formallearning) environment and the social (informal learning)environment.It’s an ‘experimental’ space for open educational practitioners todevelop and define a new language for open edu-social practicewithout conforming or being influenced by pre-existing academicstructures and processes.
  3. 3. http://process.arts.ac.uk
  4. 4. Background - grass roots activity, documenting practice & shared web environments2006: Documented students and staff working in studios, I did a seriesof videos of students and staff talking about their practice.Where do we put video resources?Sharing practice: Questioned the usefulness of individual & isolatedweb environments, began to explore the notion of creating asustainable shared online environment for staff and students to shareand cluster rich media content and resources.process.arts was initially developed in 2008 by Chris Follows with thesupport of UAL’s Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design(CLTAD).
  5. 5. Combining institutional support & grass roots activity for developing sustainable Open Educational Practice.Voluntary (unofficial activity & support, mostly external)• Day-to-day webmaking & digital stewardship (happening outside in web2:0, blogs, wiki and social media, see next slide).• Open educational practice (OEP) & active participation (Embedding).Institutional (official support, mostly internal related initiatives & projects)• Institutional secondments and fellowships (Development)• 2010 -15 Institutional Strategy. (Policy & cultural change)• Projects:• ALTO – JISC UKOER programme 2 & 3. (Policy & cultural change)• SCORE Fellowship – Open university (Development & support)• DIAL - The DIAL project (Digital Integration into Arts Learning) part of two year JISC digital literacies programme. (Policy, cultural change & Support)
  6. 6. SurveysYour Digital World - please tell us more!
  7. 7. 2010 -15 Institutional Strategy Policy & cultural change.The Medium Term Strategy 2010-15 identifies thedevelopment of communities of practice in one of itsaims:“In developing the strategy it was noted that innovation,new ideas and approaches have tended to emerge fromgrass roots activity, and by working collaboratively and incross disciplinary contexts. Our experience has shownthat collaboration emerges from shared interests andpurpose and that it is unlikely to be successful if imposedfrom above. It can flourish when activities are supportedwith small amounts of seed corn support, and where staffare given time and space to work outside their immediatearena.”
  8. 8. Policy & cultural changeUKOER ALTO - http://alto.arts.ac.uk//filestore/
  9. 9. Policy, cultural change & Support The ‘digital baseline’ blogs will record all aspects of digital life, includinglearning & teaching, college, department, course & individual perspectives http://ualdigitalbaseline.myblog.arts.ac.uk/
  10. 10. Early thoughts and common features from DIAL evaluation of pilot projects:The DIAL projects provide opportunity for personalreflections on personal roles and emerge from long-standing challenges people want to tackle, and perhapsup to now have not had the time or resources to attendto them. Some common OEP related aspects beingaddressed by DIAL:• Teachers’ fear of learning in public. (Online reflective practice)• Dealing with the discomfort of making curricular resources public. (Open educational resources, OER)• Anxieties relating to presenting oneself in video and online. (Professional open/online identities)
  11. 11. Development & SupportImpact of SCORE fellowship &consistent digital stewardship.
  12. 12. Participation.AVERAGE PER MONTH:4k visitors a month. Logged in users = 3622-3k unique visitors a month.Below Analytics May 2012: All content posts = 1450. • Video direct = 195. • 3rd Party video posts = 150. • Image/text/audio = 950. • Forum topics = 105. Conversation: • Comments = 470. • Tags = Thousands.
  13. 13. Interest groups
  14. 14. Research & conferences
  15. 15. Open staff development
  16. 16. Open learning together
  17. 17. Industry connection & Curriculum development
  18. 18. The studio/workshop
  19. 19. Alumni involvement
  20. 20. Fun
  21. 21. Support for Open Educational Practice
  22. 22. ALT-C 2012 Mainstreaming grass roots innovation in open educational practice: benefits and challengesThe transition of process.arts into an official UALservice will test this model and raise questionsas to how institutions successfully support anddevelop autonomous and independentgrassroots innovation without homogenisinginnovation.
  23. 23. Thank youChris FollowsEmail: c.follows@wimbledon.arts.ac.ukUniversity of the Arts London272 High HolbornLondonWC1V 7EYMobile: 07703 887845

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