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  • 1. Pete Watton, Learning from WOeRK project
  • 2.
    • To consider some of the unique challenges of supporting learning in the workplace
    • To provide a brief introduction to the Learning from WOeRK project
    • To introduce this afternoon’s workshop
  • 3.  
  • 4.
    • the workplace is rich with learning opportunities
    • employers increasingly require higher level skills from their workforce
    • Continuous professional development (CPD), short courses and on the job training, are key features of workforce development
    • CPD is often bite-sized, free standing and focused on specific employer needs
    • Such learning is often more attractive to adult learners, as well as their employers
  • 5.
    • Universities are well positioned to support these learner and employer needs for CPD and higher level skills
    • Universities need to seek alternative income streams
    • Universities need to consider alternative modes of delivery to meet these needs
    • The University of Plymouth has developed a flexible CPD framework allowing short courses and work based learning activity to be accredited through a Bachelors and Masters programme
    • The Learning from WOeRK project is developing OERs
    • to support learning in the workplace
  • 6. “ OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property licence that permits their free use or re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge”. William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, supporter of the worldwide Open Educational Resources (OER) movement OERs: what are they?
  • 7. OERs and the workplace
    • CPD market research undertaken by the
    • University indicated support for elearning by employers/ employees
    • The Learning from WOeRK project is developing OERs which focus on the process of Work-based learning, Research Methods, and Management and Leadership
    • OERs are being developed to support 360 academic credits, equivalent to 3600 learning hours, across levels 4,5,6 and 7
    • OERs are being published on the JorumOpen website and the University’s UPlaCe repository
  • 8. Benefits and challenges
    • Available to employers
    • Available to learners
    • Available to librarians
    • Available for other teachers and trainers to use
    • Meeting the needs of all of the above poses challenges for the authors. Is it possible?
  • 9. Benefits and challenges
    • Ongoing project discussions about main audience
    • Initial resources are predominantly PowerPoint presentations, with supporting material
    • In writing resources the approach has been broadly to:
    • address the (work-based) learner
    • anticipate a level of tutor / facilitator intervention between the resources and learner, hence some tutor guidance to support reuse
    • anticipate further refinements (reuse) to address
    • specific employer need
  • 10. About the Learning from WOeRK Project
    • A phase 2 OER project, funded through HEFCE, managed through the Higher Education Academy and JISC.
    • Based at the University of Plymouth
    • Funding for a period of 12 months until September 2011
    • Website:
  • 11.
    • This resource was created by the University of Plymouth, Learning from WOeRK project funded by HEFCE as part of the HEA/JISC OER release programme.
    • This resource is licensed under the terms of the Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales license ( ).
      • The name of the University of Plymouth and its logos are unregistered trade marks of the University. The University reserves all rights to these items beyond their inclusion in these CC resources.
      • The JISC logo, the and the logo of the Higher Education Academy are licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution -non-commercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK England & Wales license. All reproductions must comply with the terms of that license.
    Back page originally developed by the OER phase 1 C-Change project
      • ©University of Plymouth, 2011, some rights reserved
    • The resource, where specified below, contains other 3 rd party materials under their own licenses. The licenses and attributions are outlined below:
    Author Pete Watton Institute University of Plymouth Title The Challenges of supporting learning in the workplace: the use of OERs Description Presentation Date Created 22 nd March 2011 Keywords Work-based learning, continuous professional development, CPD, Learning from WOeRK, Open Educational Resource, OER