The BERLiN Experience

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Presentation on the BERLiN project delivered at Online Educa 4th December 2009. BERLiN (Building Exchanges for Research and Learning in Nottingham) project, is a 12-month JISC-funded project to enhance and expand Nottingham’s existing Open Educational Repository, u-Now, one of the first OERs in the UK and a member of the international Open Courseware Consortium.

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The BERLiN Experience

  1. 1. The BERLiN Experience: Exploring institutional attitudes to open learning 4 th Dec 2009 Andy Beggan E-Learning Team Leader The University of Nottingham
  2. 2. About Nottingham <ul><li>Research led institution </li></ul><ul><li>Student numbers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>36,000 students (postgrad and undergrad) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Six campuses (inc. China and Malaysia) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-Learning Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia e-learning support & production unit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shortlisted for ALT awards (2007) THE award (2008) WISE awards (2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Winner ALT Team award 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why OER @ Nottingham? <ul><li>Social responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Promotional opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Cost efficiencies </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Nottingham doing? <ul><li>U-Now </li></ul><ul><li>Launched 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>One of the first OERS in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Member of the OCWC </li></ul><ul><li>>1900 visitors per month </li></ul><ul><li>Nationally funded through BERLiN project </li></ul>
  5. 5. Open Learning Focus groups <ul><li>Over summer 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>20 academic staff across 5 groups </li></ul><ul><li>Cross faculty representation </li></ul><ul><li>All levels of academic staff </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback grouped under </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>+ve, -ve, neutral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Overview of feedback
  7. 7. 1. Social responsibility <ul><li>“ I have got this feeling that there’s people out there who don’t have access to education and that they’ve got access to the internet. Maybe they could use these courses or sessions or the odd video or whatever to just top up what they cannot manage to get from their own poor education system.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1. Social responsibility
  9. 9. 1. Social responsibility <ul><li>Open Learning Conference (Nov 2009) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OER Africa~UK partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OER Africa feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Address multiple audiences at the same time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Display </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intended level of use and target audience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brief description </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Licence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>File size </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technical information and publisher </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Downloading instructions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different approaches to navigation (browse, filter, search) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage editing and repurpose </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 2. Promotion <ul><li>“ I don’t think it would make any difference to our reputation as teachers. The whole culture is research. All the promotions and everything are through research.” </li></ul>“ I fought quite hard for the materials to be made more widely available than just within the University for a number of reasons. It adds to the reputation of the Centre, it attracts good tutors; it’s got lots of knock on effects that are very positive.”
  11. 11. 2. Promotion
  12. 12. 2. Promotion
  13. 13. 3. Cost efficiencies <ul><li>“ I’ve used other people’s materials and some stuff you see is terrible and other things you think oh that’s a good idea I’ll do it like that. You pick and choose, mix it up with your own stuff and I find that an incredibly positive process.” </li></ul>“ There would be issues over copyright, principally images, graphs, figures, data from papers and textbooks used willy-nilly in lectures because you don’t have that fear… you are breaching copyright.”
  14. 14. 3. Cost efficiencies
  15. 15. 3. Cost efficiencies
  16. 16. Xerte Online Toolkits & XPERT <ul><li>Traditional producer-centric models </li></ul><ul><li>X erte P ublic E -learning R eposi T ory </li></ul><ul><li>JISC funded under rapid innovation programme </li></ul><ul><li>To progress the vision of a distributed architecture of e-learning resources for sharing and re-use </li></ul><ul><li>Based on Xerte Online Toolkits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.nottingham.ac.uk/xpert </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. XPERT
  18. 18. High level endorsement <ul><li>U-Now of YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9MBkJr3ba8 </li></ul>

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