Opal case study 59 ics uk

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Opal case study 59 ics uk

  1. 1. The ICS Open Educational Resources project An Open Educational Repository in support of Computer Science is a project funded by JISC and the HEAcademy in the UK. The repository hosts OER in five different thematic areas of computing science from the project’s five partner institutions (London Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University, Teesside University, University of Portsmouth and University of the West of England, Bristol). Approximately 700 study elements (from existing lectures, reading lists, tutorial notes, practical notes, assessment exercises and marking schemes have been made available as OER. It is important to note in terms of quality that these materials are from award bearing courses. More information is available at http://www.ics.heacademy.ac.uk/projects/oer/index.php At a recent project workshop held at the University of Portsmouth (March 2010) the Project Director Dr Stephen Hagan reported that 210 credits worth of material from 11 modules were made openly available on OpenJorum. In terms of quality assurance the material has been taken from validated programmes of study assessed by external examiners. The OER are tagged using a wide diverse approach so that students as well as lecturers can search for material of interest. They started by supplying many tags though over time the number will be reduced depending on how often they are used to access material. Issues and difficulties arose with ownership of material and consortium agreements. At the same workshop Simon Fraser indicated that the original materials were in the form of PowerPoint slides, Word documents, text, video files, and PDF. The OER from the project accounts for one third of the material presently available of OpenJorum. The lecturers transforming the materials reported that it was difficult to decide how to develop independent units.

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