Open educational resources and Libraries


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Public version of presentation proposing research project to look at libraries/ librarians ' role in relation to Open Educational Resources.
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Open educational resources and Libraries

  1. 1. Open Educational Resources and Libraries: a proposal R. John Robertson Presentation Please note some details have been removed from this version Dec 2009
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Flashforward </li></ul><ul><li>Open Education </li></ul><ul><li>Resources and Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Glossary: OER- Open Educational Resource </li></ul>
  3. 3. Flashforward... <ul><li>My project would examine: </li></ul><ul><li>How libraries are currently engaging with learning materials </li></ul><ul><li>The perspectives current key thinkers and OER initiatives have about the role of libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Create resources (articles, guides, case studies, and podcasts) to equip librarians engage with OERs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Open Education Photo credit and license: ‘ Open’ Flickr user: mag3737 CC: BY NC SA
  5. 5. Open Education: Cape Town declaration <ul><li>“ We are on the cusp of a global revolution in teaching and learning. Educators worldwide are developing a vast pool of educational resources on the Internet, open and free for all to use. These educators are creating a world where each and every person on earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge. They are also planting the seeds of a new pedagogy where educators and learners create, shape and evolve knowledge together, deepening their skills and understanding as they go...” </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 6. Open Education: a rough guide <ul><li>The Open Education movement is characterised by a commitment to create, share and use/remix educational resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Although there are no set choices of platform, standard, format, or type of material, lightweight and informal approaches currently dominate. </li></ul><ul><li>Other features: use of clear licensing and some avoidance of resources with restricted license. </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning to move towards the educational mainstream? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Open Education: towards a transition point <ul><li>First initiatives: MIT, OCWC, Open Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>UKOER – 29 pilot projects </li></ul><ul><li>New funding: e.g. US community colleges and open textbook initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>iTunesU ~’free’ (not necessarily open) but visibility and taster opportunities appeal to institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Press coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Open Education becoming more mainstream but... </li></ul>
  8. 8. Open Education: an opportunity for libraries? <ul><li>Open Education faces challenges and barriers moving from passionate individuals, and small initiatives to wider groups, and institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries could be play an important role </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps it’s like the Open Access movement 10 years ago considering how to move beyond arXiv and physicists </li></ul><ul><li>But the role of libraries is still in its infancy </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources and Libraries Photo credit and license: ‘ Doors Open Toronto’ Flickr user hyfen CC: BY NC SA
  10. 10. Resources and Libraries: an example <ul><li>“ I've always gravitated to the 'fast, cheap, and out of control‘ mantra when it comes to technology choices. And I personally have a very high threshold of tolerance when it comes to approaches that are messy and rough around the edges. </li></ul><ul><li>Then again, lately I spend a lot of time dealing with issues like effective long-term archiving of resources that seemed ethereal at the time (users didn't always see them that way), and challenges of provisioning some of these experimental projects into the longer term. I find myself hoping that a librarian might come to my rescue .” </li></ul><ul><li>Brain Lamb (Emerging Technologies Discoordinator, OLT UBC) </li></ul><ul><li>Nov 24, 2009 Comment in discussion forum. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovating E-learning conference 2009: Thriving not just surviving. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Resources and Libraries: ACRL meeting <ul><li>Librarians can help by contributing their own OERs to the commons; screening for, indexing, and archiving quality OERs; using OERs in their own teaching; and participating in discussions leading toward responsible intellectual property policies and useful standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Belliston (C. Jeffrey Belliston Open Educational Resources: Creating the instruction commons C&RL News, May 2009 Vol. 70, No. 5 ) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Resources and Libraries: suggested connections <ul><li>Libraries and librarians can help: </li></ul><ul><li>Create and use OERs </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and index quality OERs [...] </li></ul><ul><li>Preserve OERs </li></ul><ul><li>Help with IPR </li></ul><ul><li>Doing these things would be good and useful but, is that it? ... </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources and Libraries: going further? <ul><li>How about </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in ‘openess’ </li></ul><ul><li>Help describe? </li></ul><ul><li>Help discover? </li></ul><ul><li>Help manage? </li></ul><ul><li>Help disseminate? </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on: information literacy, study skills </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting their use for learning and teaching in collaboration with other relevant services </li></ul>
  14. 14. Resources and Libraries: Collaboration <ul><li>Engaging fully with OERs is not something libraries can do in isolation and in some ways it is very different proposition than Open Access is. </li></ul><ul><li>To begin engaging I suggest libraries need to examine what they are doing, what they could do, and how that potential meets the needs of their users </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning to engage with those questions is the basis of my proposal... </li></ul>
  15. 15. a proposal Photo credit and license: ‘ Computers Original’ Flickr user: Prasian.Niak CC: BY NC ND
  16. 16. a proposal: some questions <ul><li>What opportunities and issues emerge for librarians and libraries from the OER movement? </li></ul><ul><li>What role do libraries currently have in OER initiatives or the wider management of learning materials produced by institutions? </li></ul><ul><li>Are library skills perceived as relevant to the management of teaching and learning materials (within libraries, within institutions, or by the OER movement)? </li></ul><ul><li>What can the libraries or librarians offer the institution in this area? </li></ul>
  17. 17. A proposal: structure <ul><li>Review literature (formal and informal) </li></ul><ul><li>Engage librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Understand educators’ needs </li></ul><ul><li>Distill current best practice, </li></ul><ul><li>Equip libraries and librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Apply through cases studies </li></ul><ul><li>Publish throughout </li></ul>
  18. 18. A proposal: outputs <ul><li>Blog writing as the research progress; practice open communication; invite participation </li></ul><ul><li>Paper presenting literature review </li></ul><ul><li>Paper summarising surveys to provide a baseline study and current consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews published (possibly as a series of podcasts). </li></ul><ul><li>Paper synthesising and analysing interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Case study of these questions at given institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Online guide summarising issues that have emerged and readiness questions to help libraries engage with this topic. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Questions? Photo credit and license: ‘ Questions’ Flickr User: oberazzi CC: BY NC SA