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Open Educational Resources do save time and students do use them


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Steve Stapleton
Project Manager - Open Nottingham

This presentation offers two case studies focused on the use and re-use of OER by staff and students at The University of Nottingham. The first provides evidence of re-use by an academic from the School of Geography. The case study includes survey results showing that OER can save time with no compromise on quality. The second case study shows how students at Nottingham’s campus in China have been using open resources to support their studies, to learn how to evaluate academic resources and to support them on their journey to becoming global citizens.

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Open Educational Resources do save time and students do use them

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  2. 2. <ul><li>Practical Re-use </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Richard Field (School of Geography – Nottingham) </li></ul><ul><li>Handout for SPSS </li></ul><ul><li>200 students </li></ul><ul><li>Had limited time to put it together </li></ul><ul><li>Open Nottingham team advised – try OER </li></ul>
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  4. 4. <ul><li>What did he do with it? </li></ul>Context: Preference: Accessibility: Saved time: Student handout: Changed some of the instructions Changed some of the English Changed font From 1 day (without screen shoots) to 30 minutes To provide support on the use of spss
  5. 5. <ul><li>Was it useful? </li></ul><ul><li>Surveyed 51 students who were given the handout: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality/Usefulness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OER specific – briefed on OER but not validated </li></ul></ul>
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  8. 12. <ul><li>Free Text Analysis </li></ul>The clear and concise nature of the text Comments in this area (27 positive and 1 negative) The use of screenshots Comments in this area (8 positive and 0 negative) included Demonstrates: Benefits to the building block approach
  9. 13. <ul><li>Further Study </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Groups with the 51 students </li></ul><ul><li>University wide student survey on use of web-based resources/OER </li></ul>
  10. 14. <ul><li>Key Points </li></ul>Practical re-use (anyone can do this) OER’s can save time without compromising quality and students are using them Economies of scale Understanding how students use web based educational resources will help inform OER
  11. 15. Knowledge Without Borders Giovanna Comerio and Dr Philippe Delcloque Division of International Communications, Ningbo Listening activities for beginners in French
  12. 16. Student Use Students given links to U-Now to access materials “ good results not only for the listening but also for the culture knowledge and the enhancement of students autonomy.”
  13. 17. Student Use “… .interested in using U-Now resources…because it was like a safe “sandbox”, before starting browsing and evaluating academic resources in the Web.”
  14. 18. Student Use “… interested in the concept of “open” learning sources as learning opportunity for everybody.”
  15. 19. Student Use Level 2 designing for level 1: “ they were pleased to collaborate….creation of free learning resources, as taking a responsible role in the community/society”
  16. 20. Student Use “… .personal satisfaction in becoming an “author” in French for something official ”.
  17. 21. Knowledge without borders “ they are now using some of the ( ) resources created by other lecturers and they are understanding that we are one university for true!”
  18. 22. Student OER Next phase includes student created materials being added as OER to a new U-Now module
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