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OER11: ACTOR project

OER11: ACTOR project



A presentation for the OER11 conference in Manchester, May 2011. This explains what the ACTOR project is all about.

A presentation for the OER11 conference in Manchester, May 2011. This explains what the ACTOR project is all about.



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  • We all know the benefits of OER, how sharing is good for economic reasons, transparency, legal reasons, accessibility… What we wanted to do within *this* project, is to get the message out there to the community…
  • Wenger defines communities of practice as such. Building on the use and re-use of OERs we are concentrating on creating a community of practice which will extend beyond the original partners.
  • So – who are these people? Well. Some of these courses are acredited against the UKPSF - The UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning, a framework which uses a descriptor-based approach to professional standards. It aligns them to descriptors such as professional activity, core knowledge and professional values. If anyone would like any information about the While they are in competition for students, each PGCertClinEd is run by a small number of dedicated staff committed to diversifying their provision, and there are tens of thousands of potential applicants as NHS leaders required educational supervisors to be ‘ trained ’ .
  • So – what will they do? Well, looking through the material they already have available, they can identify resources that can be made OPEN – and they ’ ll do this using the MEDEV toolkit. (as the PORSCHE project explained, this risk assessment toolkit looks at copyright clearance, patient consent, accessibility and quality assurance – it then allows you to print a record of each resource you ’ ve taken through this process – for audit purposes). They are investigating current institutional policy (where it exists) around opening up educational resources. This way we can document the processes necessary to enable learning resources from the sector to be made ‘ open ’ .
  • Policies and practice: This way we can document the processes necessary to enable learning resources from the sector to be made ‘ open ’ . How do the policies their institutions have in place relate to IPR and consent?
  • Applying CC licences What happens if they move to a new institution and inherit a previous course director ’ s materials. Can they use it? If an academic gets another job in a different institution – can they take their old material (that they designed) with them? These are all issues we are addressing with the ACTOR community Up to 30 credits worth of clinical education materials into Jorum to share.
  • Clinical diaries can be a nightmare for one-2-one meetings, let alone a meeting for all partners (and others) to attend. The project is due to finish (officially) on 31 st August 2011. Thereafter…well, it ’ s a matter of sustainability
  • Motivation so far has been good. Obviously this is a small project and therefore a small amount of funding just covers expenses. With this in mind we considered the following Face-to-face meetings to begin with. Each site visit to partners consisted of a meeting (approx. half a day) to go through the project plans and discuss potential issues or threats to competition of the project. Then a more blended approach was necessary. The use of web 2.0 and social networking tools have been used a lot within this project. Most communication has been online in some format or other. For example….
  • PM s/w – basecamp. Proves useful for most of our MEDEV projects. Used as a central repository for and messages/notes/emails/files relating to the problem. Everyone has a login for it and is advised when any new relevant information appears. We purchased a copy of Elluminate for workshops with run within MEDEV. This has proved extremely useful for hosting online Exec Group/Partner meetings. Elluminate allows video conferencing, participation on screen whiteboards, voting/poll systems. No travel – meeting for up to 90 mins at desk – in this economic climate is a bonus. It also allows webcasting so we can demonstrate resources/toolkits and any new technologies. Skype: Face to face video or audio conference can be invaluable for a quick meeting – say 5mins – to report on any progress to date or to get together to decide on one issue, rather than 20 emails going back and forth. Blogs: MEDEV has an oer-phase-2-blog which takes feeds from individual staff blogs which are tagged with ‘ oer-phase-2 ’ and the PORSCHE and ACTOR blogs. These combine into one big feed which can be syndicate and commented on. If you wish to view ACTOR separately – the URL is shown here.
  • Using Google’s advanced search helps them find openly licenced images Same with Flickr – using the advanced search Xpert is a search tool created at Nottingham university which allows you to search for openly licenced material (images, videos, etc.) which also searches Flickr. It then shows you an easy way to attribute resources and embed them into teaching materials. Xerte has online and desktop tools which allow creation of learning objects that can then be uploaded to blackboard or another VLE GLOmaker is similar in that it has tools to help you create ‘shareable’ content.
  • Nominal funding means that the partners engage voluntarily so there are challenges to the virtual community [For the money we had we could’ve paid one person to create all of these materials – but would they be as good?] A site visit to one partner for 90 mins has proved more valuable than anything else they’ve done in the last year.
  • Our 5 main partners are on board – not only are they disseminating inforamtion about the ACTOR community at conferences much like this – but they are disseminating within their own institutions and this is havinga significant effect on their superiors, their colleagues and their students. Here’s a couple of example of the kind of resources….
  • Example OER resource (video) with example attribution – owner and source clearly identified. ‘ Aspects of Anatomy’ (very West End title!) A professor of anatomy demonstrates various aspects with plastinated specimens
  • Another example from the RVC – an extremely well-behaved virtual dog. you can shine lights / out a finger in front of the eye / or poke it with a cotton bud to judge the reaction and make a diagnosis
  • This is the purpose of the ACTOR project.

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