Opal case study 04 u now university of nottingham uk


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Opal case study 04 u now university of nottingham uk

  1. 1. Template Sections for completion: Case Study Title: U-NOW, University of Nottingham Case Study Country: UK Type of organisation described by the case study, address of organisation, hyperlink to organisation, hyperlink to case study source: HE http://unow.nottingham.ac.uk/ Case Study Contributed by: Andreia Inamorato dos Santos Sections 1-10 1. Mandatory - A brief summary of the institution to be used as a case study About 500 words please on a description of the institution, its OER history and approach. The initiative aims to serve as a window onto the courses provided by the University of Nottingham, and to increase learning opportunities for learners who cannot undertake formal qualifications. It also aims to advance pedagogy across the academic community. Open courseware is a term used to describe collections of educational materials that are freely available on the Web, often available for translating and repurposing. Funded by JISC. The U-Now materials are licensed under the Creative Commons license Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike UK 2.0 Licence (BY-NC-SA). 2. Quality – OER/OEP How does the institution approach quality in OER? Is there any current indication of a quality concept or process? Does the institution perceive quality from the perspective of the quality of open educational resources or the quality of open educational practice? How does the institution show quality through OEP versus quality of OEP? What methods, concepts and practices are used to enhance the quality of OEP? Resources are offered in the form of PDF, Word documents, podcasts and ZIP files, and are offered on a variety of subjects: history, physics, psychology, business, mathematics, languages, film studies etc. Interoperability: These materials are not IMS common cartridge compliant. Quality control remains a responsibility of the academics.
  2. 2. 3. Innovation How can OER/OEP innovate educational practices? What current innovative practices are there in the institution? Please do not regard innovation from just a technology perspective! 4. Policy What are the current OER/OEP policy arrangements at institutional and national level across Europe/the World? In the case of Nottingham University it falls into the OER UK national initiative funded by JISC. 5. Actors What actors are involved in OER/OEP? Is there any evidence to show that OER actors do not always promote OEP but “only” access to OER? • Academics • University decision makers At the moment the initiative is promoting access, aiming for take up and reuse. 6. Initiatives What OER/OEP initiatives can be evidenced? Is there any evidence to show that OER initiatives do not always promote OEP but “only” access to OER? See above, number 5. 7. Open Educational Practices Can you identify some case studies/ descriptions which form the illustrative base for a more general model of OEP? 8. Tools and Repositories What tools and repositories are being used to deliver OER/OEP? For example GLOW, Connexions Their own repository, which is not IMS common cartridge compliant. 9. Strategies Can you identify any strategies for organisations to use OER/OEP? Can you identify any business models that promote OER/OEP? There is a strategy for academics to send in resources, but no apparent strategy to promote use within the university. The repository seems to target an external audience, but also aims advance pedagogy in the academic community. 10. Current barriers and enablers
  3. 3. What are the barriers to the use of OER/OEP? Is there any evidence to how these barriers have been overcome? What are the enablers to the use of OER/ OEP?