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This presentation was for the Open Ed conference 2010. It was to examine the sustainability issues in UKOER projects and to develop a sustainable OER ecosystem in HE

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Developing a sustainable OER ecosystem in HE

  1. 1. Li Yuan Examining the sustainability issues in UKOER projects- developing a sustainable OER ecosystem in HE JISC CETIS, Institute Educational Cybernetics, University of Bolton
  2. 2. UK OER programme  A multi-million pound Open Educational Resources (OERs) initiative (the UKOER) in the UK HE, FE.  Phase 1: April 2009 – April 2010, 29 pilot projects in three different strands: institutional, subject centre and individual.  Phase 2: August 2010- August 2011, 23 projects in three activity areas: the release of OER; the use of OER; the discovery of OER
  3. 3. OER programme required all funded projects: “...to embed the practice of open educational resources release beyond the funded life of the project”.
  4. 4.  Seven institutions were funded to develop existing teaching and learning resources into OERs  All funded projects have identified some issues related to OER sustainability  Different approaches have been proposed to address the ongoing issue of sustainability UK OER projects – institutional strand:
  5. 5.  The time and effort required to move to sustainable OERs  Building awareness of academics towards OERs  Staff development  Incentives for sector wide sharing  Evidence of effectiveness in the use of OERs  Easy use tools for dissemination and deposit  OERs should be widely recognised as good for UKHE Issues related to sustainable OERs have been identified by the projects:
  6. 6. Issues related to sustainable OERs have been identified by the projects:  Policy and practice to encourage and offer reward to “open” behaviour  Support and advice on copyright  Recognition of the multiple purposes of OERs and the value of raw learning resources  Policy for potential risk management  Guidance for new OER users and producers
  7. 7.  Creating and modifying policies to promote the release and reuse of OERs - Embed OERs into teaching and learning practice - integrate OERs into professional rewards and recognition schemes  Developing guidance and support mechanisms for long term OER release - Centralised model of OER release - Distributed model  Creating communities of practice - Support academics to share practice and content with others Principles for developing sustainable OERs
  8. 8. Principles for developing sustainable OERs  Developing new business models to make effective use of OERs - OERs as the basis of developing new courses - New partnerships  Removing technological barriers to make OER release and reuse easier - use existing technology and platforms - Develop specific tool for producing and disseminating OERs  Encouraging wider participation and provision of staff training on OERs -Incorporate OERs into LTHE PG curriculum - Staff training
  9. 9. A ecological approach to OERs  Capture the comprehensive views and interactions between stakeholders around OERs  Indicate where changes should happen in order to develop sustainable OER practice  Identify paths, connections and support activities to the establishment of sustainable OER ecosystem
  10. 10. A sustainable ecosystem requires that the elements of the system are continually engaged in a set of relationships with every other element constituting the environment in which they exist. OER Foundation, 2009
  11. 11. Developing a Sustainable OER ecosystem
  12. 12. Developing a Sustainable OER ecosystem
  13. 13. Developing a Sustainable OER ecosystem • Can only be achieved by all of these elements continually engaging with the others within and outside their systems • enable them to realise the tangible benefits of supporting learning in all educational settings.
  14. 14. InstitutionsInstitutions UKOERs Subjects centres Subjects centres IndividualsIndividuals UKOER Programme Government Funding (HEFCE , JISC, HEA) UKOER Programme Government Funding (HEFCE , JISC, HEA) Developing a sustainable OER ecosystem Create, Use, reuse, remix… Strategies and policy, New business model Learning support Accreditation … Community of practice, sharing,… Supporting formal and informal education
  15. 15. Summary Sustainability is a key issue for those external funded OER projects  Explore different models to address sustainability of OERs Embed processes into the academic practices to continue releasing OERs  Shift from institution-based to community- based approaches  Develop stainable OER ecosystems to promote open sharing in education
  16. 16. References JISC (2009), Open educational resources programme, http://www.jisc.ac.uk/oer L; Beetham, H; Falconer, I and Littlejohn, A (2010) UKOER Pilot Programme Synthesis And Evaluation Report, http://www.caledonianacademy.net/spaces/oer/index.php? n=Main.PilotProgrammeSynthesisAndEvaluationReport Pegler, G. (2010) How can we achieve sustainability in OER? http://www8.open.ac.uk/score/print/oer-and-sustainability-leeds- manifesto-draft
  17. 17. Contacts: JISC CETIS Institute for Educational Cybernetics University of Bolton Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5AB Tel: +44(0)1204 903851 Fax: +44(0)1204 399074 email: l.yuan@bolton.ac.uk http://jisc.cetis.ac.uk/ Thank you very much!

This presentation was for the Open Ed conference 2010. It was to examine the sustainability issues in UKOER projects and to develop a sustainable OER ecosystem in HE

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