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Opening Educational Practices in Scotland - OER16

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Presentation by Pete Cannell and Ronnie Macintyre at OER16 conference, Edinburgh 20/04/16

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Opening Educational Practices in Scotland - OER16

  1. 1. Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Pete Cannell and Ronald Macintyre
  2. 2. 2 Opening Educational Practices in Scotland The Project • Opening Educational Practices in Scotland is a three year project led by the Open University in Scotland but involving all of the higher education sector.
  3. 3. 3 Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Project objectives The project encompasses a number of activities over a three year period (2014-2017): • Analysis of current open educational practices • Events programme across Scotland to raise awareness of OEP • Development of an online hub to encourage and share best practice in open education • Development of a small number of high quality OERs of particular benefit to Scotland • Badging of informal learning • Learning design for widening participation • Research and evaluation building strong evidence base • Evaluation of various economic models of openness
  4. 4. 4 Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Extending how we think of OEP • The evidence that OEPS is building on suggests that it may be useful to think of practice as including: • Learning design and pedagogy • Opportunities for co-creation • Social Context • Collective and peer supported learning • Networks
  5. 5. 5 Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Four emerging themes • Scholarship and dissemination of knowledge /openness as a public good/ social mission • Understanding and overcoming barriers to engagement with OER in widening participation contexts • Social practice • The ladder of engagement – towards remixing and reversioning
  6. 6. 6 Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Scholarship and dissemination of knowledge • Creation of exemplar OER Building on models of co-creation (emphasis on Learning Design) e.g. Caring Counts • Importance of development embedded in networks Strengthens design and heightens impact • Scottish Association for Marine Science/ UHI - Seaweed • Glasgow University (Crichton Campus) – End of Life Academic communities in which specialised knowledge is shared and developed – driver of obligation for public engagement/ social mission – potential for reuse
  7. 7. 7 Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Understanding barriers to engagement • Widening participation as well as widening access • Working with partners in the third sector, unions, colleges and universities • ‘Traditional’ WP barriers (situational, institutional and dispositional) intersect and interact specific characteristics of digital environment
  8. 8. 8 Opening Educational Practices in Scotland • Developing evidence that models of collective engagement and pedagogical approaches that all peer support and interaction are critical • Hosting these on www.oeps.ac.uk (OEPS hub) • Builds on concepts of trusted gatekeepers in WP practice • Working with gatekeepers to co-develop models of practice – identify appropriate material and provide structures and pathways to scaffold support • Shifts the boundaries of the university – example of work with Scottish Union Learning and Union Learning Representatives (the gatekeepers in this context) Social practice
  9. 9. 9 Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Towards remixing and reversioning • In working with lots of partners we’ve found that initially the challenge is to engage with the first of the 5Rs – in truth ‘free’ is the primary interest – ‘open’ lags behind • Through engagement with issues around enabling use – interest in remixing and reversioning starts to emerge • Interested in whether technology is now such that the barriers to making material ‘your own’ are shrinking to the extent that users can remix and reversion at much lower cost • Developing small pilots with the new tools on OpenLearn Works (soon to be OpenLearn Create) to test these ideas.
  10. 10. Contact Us: Email: OEPScotland@open.ac.uk Twitter: @OEPScotland Blog: www.oepscotland.org Community hub: www.oeps.ac.uk

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