OER: Opening up the World of Learning

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Presentation from a workshop on OER given at the University of Bath Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office's Innovations Day on 12 May 2011.

Presentation from a workshop on OER given at the University of Bath Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office's Innovations Day on 12 May 2011.

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  • ROOTS OF OER Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) movements OER first coined in 2002 – same year as MIT’s OpenCourseWare (now over 2000 courses) Development of Creative Commons INTERNATIONAL MIT OpenCourseWare and Rice University’s Connexions OER Africa 11 member universities of the ParisTech OCW project. 19 member universities of the Japanese OCW Consortium. 222 university members of the China Open Resources for Education (CORE) consortium OER IN THE UK At least 29 projects in the UK JISC/HEFCE-funded £5 million Now on second phase, third just announced another 3 million Open Learn, Open Spires and Ripple, OpenExeter, Open Staffs, BERLiN, Unicycle, Humbox Jorum Xpert OER at your institution
  • Benefits Altruism Personal visibility/peer recognition Potential for collaboration Sharing resources as stimulus for innovation Reduce concerns about legality of content Institutional visibility – showcasing, social responsibility Improved quality of learning materials Reduced monetary and time cost of producing materials Develops communities of practice Challenges Intellectual Property and Ownership Copyright and Third Party Content Creative Commons Licences   What constitutes a usable/reusable OER? Understanding of Audience/End User Use and Reuse cycle    Sustainability of OER release processes  Models for conversion/creation of OER materials


  • 1.
    • This resource has been released by the University of Bath as an Open Educational Resource. The materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike licence (except the LTEO University of Bath Logo, CORRE diagram and external links).
    • If you adapt this resource for your own use please mark it as a derivative work of the original.
    • The licence information in the footer and LTEO University of Bath logos can be amended in the Slide Master (View>Master>Slide Master).
  • 2. Open Educational Resources ‘ Digitised materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and reuse for teaching, learning and research.’ ( OECD ) What are your Dreams and Nightmares?
  • 3. Objectives By the end of this session you should have:
    • An introductory understanding of Open Educational Resources and the OSTRICH OER project at the University of Bath
    • Practice in discovering and evaluating open resources for use in learning and teaching
    • Experience of working with, remixing or creating openly available content
    • An awareness of the benefits, challenges and realities of working with Open Educational Resources
  • 4. How did we get here? A brief background to OER…
    • The roots of OER
    • International OER projects
    • OER in the UK
    • OER at [your institution]
    For more information see: go.bath.ac.uk/kmxk
  • 5. What’s out there? Finding and evaluating OERs…
    • How do you usually create your learning and teaching resources?
    • Where do you usually source your materials?
    • Where do your students go to find supplementary learning materials?
    For you, what makes a quality or usable resource?
  • 6.
    • OpenLearn http:// openlearn.open.ac.uk /
    • OU Labspace http:// labspace.open.ac.uk
    • JorumOpen http:// open.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui
    • MIT OpenCourseWare http:// ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
    • OER Africa http:// www.oerafrica.org /
    • Merlot http:// www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm
    • OER Commons http:// www.oercommons.org/oer
    • Humbox http:// www.humbox.ac.uk /
    • Xpert http:// xpert.nottingham.ac.uk /
    • OER Dynamic Search Engine go.bath.ac.uk/q24b
    What’s out there? Finding and evaluating OERs…
  • 7. What’s out there? Finding and evaluating OERs… go.bath.ac.uk/e7mf Criteria 2: Criteria 1: Resource: Found at: Resource: Found at: Resource: Found at: Resource: Found at:
  • 8. What makes an OER? When is an OER open, usable and useful? From the last activity, what were the features of the quality OERs?
    • Educational
    • Legal
    • Technical
  • 9. What makes an OER? The CORRE process of releasing learning materials as an OER… Diagram from the OTTER project at the BDRA, University of Leicester: go.bath.ac.uk/rsyz
  • 10. What makes an OER legal? Who do your materials belong to?
    • What is your University IP policy?
      • Who do your learning and teaching materials belong to?
      • What if they’re published?
      • Are you externally funded?
    • Do you know your copyright?
      • Who does the content you use belong to?
      • Do you have permission to use it? Can you get permission?
      • If you’re using materials in your teaching, can you use them for OERs?
    • What about other Intellectual Property rights?
    Who do your materials belong to?
  • 11. What makes an OER legal? Working with openly licensed content…
    • Finding Open content for your learning materials go.bath.ac.uk/vmwt
    • Creative Commons go.bath.ac.uk/0uet and other licence types
    • Including open content in your work
      • Adding a licence go.bath.ac.uk/olo8
      • Compatible licences
      • Attributing content go.bath.ac.uk/ryqs
    For more information see the OER IPR Support Project: go.bath.ac.uk/opcy
  • 12. Working with OER materials Creating materials with OER or converting materials for OER… Source existing OERs and open content to include in a learning resource for your own subject area or Take an existing learning resource of your own and convert to OER or Using our example learning materials [ link to a resource from your own institution that still needs to be converted to OER ] , decide what needs altering to make it ready for release as an OER
  • 13. Working with OER materials Converting [add resource name] for release as an OER… Visit the original learning object here: [add link to pre-OER resource] See the OER version here: [add link to converted OER resource] Image of resource here
  • 14. OER Benefits and Challenges Why will you engage with OERS and what is holding you back? Benefits Challenges
  • 15.
    • OERs : Getting Started guide available at: go.bath.ac.uk/OERintro
    • JISC Phase 2 OER Programme
    • OER Infokit (from Pilot Phase of the JISC/HEA OER Project)
    • Synthesis and Evaluation Report (from Pilot Phase of the JISC/HEA OER Project)
    • OER Impact Study by JISC
    Further information…