Low Carbon Engineering Open Educational Resources

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A brief introduction to the Phase II OER project from the HEA Engineering Subject Centre.

This project will investigate and surface open educational resources currently in use over a range of engineering and related subjects supporting the crucial issue of sustaining a low carbon economy.

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Low Carbon Engineering Open Educational Resources

  1. 1. Low Carbon Engineering Open Educational Resources A general introduction to the 2010/11 HEA Engineering Subject Centre OER Phase II Project. © Loughborough University 2010. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licence .
  2. 2. What is OER? <ul><li>Open Educational Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Materials used in or for teaching purposes that are freely available under open licences. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything you like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lecture or tutorial notes and presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diagrams and graphs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exam papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For examples see www.engsc.ac.uk/OER . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We, along with the other STEM Subject Centres produced a guide highlighting everything you need to know about OER and how to go about OER release. </li></ul><ul><li>http://stemoer.pbworks.com/ . </li></ul><ul><li>Or you could look at the FAQ page on our website http://engsc.ac.uk/oer/faq for a quick overview. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Low Carbon Engineering OER Project <ul><li>This project will investigate and surface open educational resources currently in use over a range of engineering and related subjects supporting the crucial issue of sustaining a low carbon economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Resources selected will include technical and non-technical teaching materials as well as guidance on incorporating low carbon practice into existing teaching courses in academia and industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects will include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency, sustainable development, renewable energy technology, waste minimisation, human issues and social responsibility, product lifecycle, total cost of ownership and recycling. </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance materials will include re-skilling the existing workforce, low carbon transition for business and education, ethics and embedding sustainability into the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>This project will involve the creation of an Internet based collection on the Engineering Subject Centre’s web site incorporating a foundation of existing linked resources enhanced by a dynamic search system that by employing real-time data interchange techniques will allow the aggregation of related resources from online services, ensuring the collection remains up-to-date and connected to the broader community of practice. </li></ul><ul><li>As well as drawing together material the collection will provide re-syndication services such as remote embedding of search facilities using established technologies such as RSS to raise awareness. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Low Carbon Engineering OER Project <ul><li>We need: </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching and tutorial content, software tools, books, exam papers, project guides and materials. Anything and everything that could be reused elsewhere but demonstrates your own excellence. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything related to sustainability, low carbon technologies, resource efficiency etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Any other type of materials textbooks, articles, guides, user manuals, instructions, course specifications etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a catalogue of resources that also links to other resources hosted elsewhere, which automatically updates as new resources are added. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the resources to encourage their reuse. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have resources that you would like to share and </li></ul><ul><li>include within this project please contact </li></ul><ul><li>Rob Pearce </li></ul><ul><li>01509 227171 [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Alex Fenlon </li></ul><ul><li>01509 227192 [email_address] </li></ul>

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