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OER Schools Conference - Policy Workshop, Josie Fraser


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On 29 January 2015, Leicester City Council, in partnership with De Montfort University, held a free day conference for schools focusing on finding, using, creating and sharing Open Educational Resources (OER). The event builds on the council’s recently released OER guidance and resources, which can be downloaded from

During the panel session, Josie Fraser reviewed the permission provided by Leicester City Council to community and voluntary controlled schools, and discussed how schools can take advantage of this. She followed this up with two policy workshops for schools, designed to take them through the process of developing a community based local OER policy.

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OER Schools Conference - Policy Workshop, Josie Fraser

  1. 1. OER Schools Conference #OERSCH15 29th January 2015
  2. 2. OER Schools: Permission, Policy, Practice Josie Fraser ICT Strategy Lead (Children’s Capital) Leicester City Council
  3. 3. Why has Leicester City Council given permission for staff at community and voluntary controlled schools in the city to openly license the educational resources they produce in the line of their employment?
  4. 4. • Empowering schools and school staff • Promoting & sharing great work • Ensuring Public Value • Equality of access to learning for all • Understanding & modelling copyright • Supporting collaborative & open practice
  5. 5. What does the permission mean? • “Educational resources” • “Openly licence” • Why do we need a local policy in place? • What about voluntary aided schools, foundation schools (or trusts), and academies?
  6. 6. Leicester City Council recommend CC BY 4.0 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0)
  7. 7. Key questions for schools • Do staff know about open licensing? • Are all staff aware of the new permission? • Which is your schools preferred open licence? • What resources should/could schools and staff be sharing? • How staff be supported to share work openly?
  8. 8. OER Schools Policy Workshop Josie Fraser ICT Strategy Lead (Children’s Capital) Leicester City Council
  9. 9. In this workshop we will… • Review the model schools policy • Ask questions about anything we want to be totally clear on – there are no foolish questions! • Create a draft school policy for discussion at our school Governing Body meeting
  10. 10. Any questions about the permission Leicester City Council has given to staff at community and voluntary controlled schools in the city to openly license the educational resources they produce in the line of their employment?
  11. 11. Why do we need a school policy?
  12. 12. Section one: Openly Licensing Educational Resources
  13. 13. Activity – Creative Commons Licences Working in pairs, look at the different kinds of Creative Commons licences available. You can go online, or use page 20-21 of your OER Guidance documents. Decide which kind of licence you think is best for your school, and why.
  14. 14. Section two: Definitions
  15. 15. Section three: Clarity of Licensing Page 41 of your guidance document will help you here. The model policy document also has a recommended example of what your licence and accreditation should look like. The Creative Commons licence selector can be useful, but you may want to add information or edit fields.
  16. 16. Section four: Disputes & Commercial Exploitation
  17. 17. Activity: practical issues Scenario A: A staff member applies to you to because they have accepted a commercial offer to sell materials they have developed for their class. How do you respond? Scenario B: A staff member has created some excellent resources. You suggest they openly licence and share their resources more widely. The staff member refuses point blank. Why do you think they might not want to share their resources? Scenario C: As Head of Department, you are looking to embed open sharing of educational resources in order to support professional development and collaboration. What key practices would you implement to support staff in sharing their resources?
  18. 18. Thank you for attending, and thank you for helping take the benefits of open licencing and open education resources forward in your school community!