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  1. 1. Unicycle OER Project A sustainable model for OER implementation at Leeds Metropolitan University. Simon Thomson @ ukoer10 http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com
  2. 2. • Sustainability • Our Approach • Co-ordination • Quality • IPR / Copyright • Reward & Recognition • Submission Process • Successes • Challenges • Future http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com
  3. 3. “At least three dimensions have an impact on how to approach the sustainability issues: the size of the operation (small or large), the type of provider (institution or community) and the level of integration of users in the production process (co-production or producer- consumer model).” OECD (2007) “Giving Knowledge for Free - THE EMERGENCE OF OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES” Available online at: www.sourceoecd.org/education/9789264031746 http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT commission report on OER implementation. Size: - Over 1000 Academic staff / 42’000 students Institution Producer-Consumer model.
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/royblumenthal http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Cyclical Approach, that staff should use and develop OER. Be consumers and creators. The project should be adaptable for the needs of the implementation
  5. 5. What did staff already know? http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com
  6. 6. Central OER Support http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Central OER support • Senior Level buy in. •Important to develop through already established institutional Teams •IPR advice & support •Creative Commons •RLO design •Institutional policy •Reward & Recognition •Institutional Implementation •Awareness and development •Collaboration (internal & external) •develop workshops & events
  7. 7. Central OER Support http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Central OER support • Senior Level buy in. •Important to develop through already established institutional Teams •IPR advice & support •Creative Commons •RLO design •Institutional policy •Reward & Recognition •Institutional Implementation •Awareness and development •Collaboration (internal & external) •develop workshops & events
  8. 8. TEL / ALT Teams Office of Pro Central Repository Vice Chancellor OER development for ALT Support team Copyright Clearance Office http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Central OER support • Senior Level buy in. •Important to develop through already established institutional Teams •IPR advice & support •Creative Commons •RLO design •Institutional policy •Reward & Recognition •Institutional Implementation •Awareness and development •Collaboration (internal & external) •develop workshops & events
  9. 9. Guidance & TEL / ALT Policy creation support Teams Office of Pro Central Repository Vice Chancellor OER development for ALT Support team Copyright Staff Reward & Clearance development Recognition Office http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Central OER support • Senior Level buy in. •Important to develop through already established institutional Teams •IPR advice & support •Creative Commons •RLO design •Institutional policy •Reward & Recognition •Institutional Implementation •Awareness and development •Collaboration (internal & external) •develop workshops & events
  10. 10. Central OER Support http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Ensure institutional engagement. 6 Faculties (Health / Business & Law / Carnegie Sport & Education / Innovation North, Information & Technology / International / Arts & Society) Each associate dean for ALT assigned a named staff co-ordinator for oer in faculty.
  11. 11. Central OER Support http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Ensure institutional engagement. 6 Faculties (Health / Business & Law / Carnegie Sport & Education / Innovation North, Information & Technology / International / Arts & Society) Each associate dean for ALT assigned a named staff co-ordinator for oer in faculty.
  12. 12. Central OER Support http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com 3 CETL Projects agreed to release materials under OER as part of their project dissemination
  13. 13. Central OER Support http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com University support services centres including employability office, skills for learning & Leeds Met you tube teaching channel. This model also allows us to adapt and change. This model allowed us to be flexible in terms of communication. We could liaise with each area as and when they were available.
  14. 14. Faculty / Area Co-Ordinator Roles • to manage content locally • oversee quality • cascade IPR advice and support • co-ordinate events / workshops • raise awareness • submit content to repository • liaise with central OER team • feedback on process Central • share good practice OER Support http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com University support services centres including employability office, skills for learning & Leeds Met you tube teaching channel. This model also allows us to adapt and change.
  15. 15. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenore-m http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Originally set out to manage the quality centrally but soon appreciated that this had limited long term sustainability. Diversity of subjects meant that faculties were in a better position to identify the quality of the material. Advised to release material which had been through at least one academic cycle (in essence so that it had been through the institutions own quality review process). Faculty staff in a much better position to see the value of material than a central OER team. Quality vs Usefulness (who are we to decide?) The preferred model of quality assessment for Unicycle OER materials is user evaluated (e.g. star rated). Whilst this will not be implemented in time for the project completion it is anticipated that this approach be implemented as part of a longer term strategy.
  16. 16. http://www.flickr.com/photos/horiavarlan http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com All materials would be released under CC: BY-NC-SA (Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike) or BY-NC-ND (Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives) Checking the materials which staff submitted was a time consuming process.
  17. 17. Challenge of IPR http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Then we hit our first major hurdle! We realised people didn’t really know what OER or IPR was! So then began our staff development workshops on IPR & copyright. Over 250 staff have benefitted from our staff development workshops/events this year. In 99% of cases we have either removed images or replaced with CC versions. In the cases where images or copyright material is required it is processed by our copyright clearance officer.
  18. 18. OER Support http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Current model of deposit.
  19. 19. OER Support http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Current model of deposit.
  20. 20. http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com By the end of the project. Faculty co-ordinator’s undertake some of the submission of the materials as this is the preferred long term model rather than a central submission system. Initially Faculty co-ordinator’s will collect and submit the OER resources within their area (this will likely require specific staff allocation of duty of approximately 1 day a week, but dependent on the amount of OER material being released within a Faculty). Longer term the institution may wish to consider making available to every member of staff (subject to appropriate staff development) the ability to submit OER materials.
  21. 21. http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Longer term? - Maybe this model but this has quality control & ipr issues!
  22. 22. http://www.flickr.com/photos/l2f1/ http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com R&R was an important step in a sustainable model. Is money the only option? Is there an appropriate model for financial gain? Unicycle project is focussed on staff volunteering their materials. 1 - OER is part of the performance development review process. (Staff get recognised for releasing OER material) 2 - Embedding processes is key.
  23. 23. Hearts & Minds. http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com Those respondents who have undertaken the OER workshop.
  24. 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/benleto/ Future •OER has been agreed as institutional strategy •OER set as faculty role (usually a Principal Lecturer) • Implemented as a 2009-2011 ALT priority • Embed IPR & copyright training in staff induction • Embed OER consideration as part of course validation process • Set OER annual targets for use & release http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com academic board (quality enhancement committee) have agreed to formally implement OER as an ALT strategy within the University.
  25. 25. Leeds OER Manifesto http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/3676 “We went to Leeds, shared experiences, listened to some presentations (check these out at www.slideshare.net/score and blogs of sessions in the OER and sustainability Cloudscape.) Then we discussed OER and sustainability, did an activity and after lunch we wrote our 'Leeds manifesto'. Not bad for a day's work.” Chris Pegler - OER Manifesto, Leeds, UK http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com our work is benefitting others - development of a leeds manifesto
  26. 26. Leeds OER Manifesto http://www8.open.ac.uk/score/ 1. We need to recognise the effort and time required to move to sustainable OER 2. Wider exposure of academic staff to OER (building awareness of supply) is important 3. Staff development – ideally accredited by HEA - is key, especially for new academic staff 4. Sector-wide sharing needs to be encouraged and if possible incentivised. 5. Evidence of effectiveness in use would be ‘massively’ helpful 6. We need usable tools (e.g. for dissemination and deposit) which maximise the benefit for minimum effort 7. The move to OER should be widely recognised as good for UK HE 8. We need policies/practices which offer clear rewards for ‘open’ behaviour 9. Institutions need to ‘turn over stones’ even when they fear what lurks beneath 10.Be confident in your own resources, even when they are ‘dirty’ (not pristine or polished) 11.Identify and acknowledge the important risks – and prepare for them 12.Prepare for other sources/creators of OER http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com
  27. 27. http://repository.leedsmet.ac.uk http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com released over 250 resources.
  28. 28. http://www.flickr.com/photos/crystaljingsr/ http://unicycle-leedsmet.ning.com

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