Pcf4 2006 Jamaica


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Lane, A.B. (2006) Open Educational Resources for Developing Partnerships from the UK Open University, 4th Pan Commonwealth Forum on Open and Distance Learning, Jamaica, 31 Oct - 3 Nov 2006.

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Pcf4 2006 Jamaica

  1. 1. OpenLearn Professor Andy Lane, Director http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn
  2. 2. Open Educational Resources for developing partnerships from the UK Open University <ul><li>Wednesday 1 st November 2006, Jamaica </li></ul>
  3. 3. Aims of OpenLearn initiative <ul><li>To make some of The Open University’s distance learning materials freely accessible in an international web-based open content environment and, in so doing, to advance open content delivery method technologies by: </li></ul><ul><li>Deploying leading-edge learning management tools for learner support; </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging the creation of non-formal collaborative learning communities; and </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing international research-based knowledge about modern pedagogies for higher education. </li></ul>
  4. 4. OpenLearn initiative Stages <ul><li>Stage 1 Planning and preparation (Oct 05 to Mar 06) </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2 Implementation, research and evaluation (Apr 06 to Mar 08) </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 3 Sustained development (Apr 08 - ?) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Stage 2 goals <ul><li>Utilise Moodle as the basis of OSS VLE platform; </li></ul><ul><li>Develop two complementary sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the Learning Space </li></ul></ul><ul><li>the Lab Space </li></ul><ul><li>Have 900 learning hours in the Learning Space for launch in October 2006 rising to 5400 hours at the end of two years; </li></ul><ul><li>Make a further 8100 hours of material available within the Lab Space at the end of two years. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Creative Commons 2.5 Licence </li></ul><ul><li>Add a range of open source collaborative learning tools to the Lab Space devised by our Knowledge Media Institute. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Learning Space <ul><li>Structure based on ‘read only’ content supplemented by informal learning tools in Moodle such as learning journal, discussion groups, book marking, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver through Moodle as resources plus activities </li></ul><ul><li>Mix of web authored, audiovisual and print authored content as units of study taken from current courses </li></ul><ul><li>Range of media asset types and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Units of size 4 to 30 hours user engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of quality assured material from the Lab Space </li></ul>
  7. 7. Lab Space <ul><li>Supply ‘read only’ content from Learning Space </li></ul><ul><li>Supply other content from archive of discontinued courses without 3 rd party material </li></ul><ul><li>Allow retrieval, editing, revision, translation of material </li></ul><ul><li>Allow re-depositing of new version </li></ul><ul><li>Allow depositing of material generated by other creators </li></ul><ul><li>Research zone </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative social computing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Fostering learning communities between Educators, Learners and Other Users </li></ul><ul><li>Giving online teaching and learning a social life </li></ul>
  8. 8. Benefits to learners <ul><li>Test bed for improving study skills; </li></ul><ul><li>Sample HE study before enrolling; </li></ul><ul><li>Pursue in depth a topic that interests them; </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss topics and share experiences with others; </li></ul><ul><li>Refresh/update knowledge or skills </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a personal record of what they have done. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Benefits to educators <ul><li>Investigate OU approach to teaching a particular topic; </li></ul><ul><li>Download Units for incorporation into courses, whether online, blended or f2f; </li></ul><ul><li>Reversion and localise Units for their own purposes and their own contexts; </li></ul><ul><li>Share materials and ideas with other educators worldwide; </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with others in developing new OERs; </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to research into the effectiveness and uses made of OERs . </li></ul>
  10. 10. Benefits to other organisations <ul><li>Direct employees/members to appropriate units for knowledge or skills updating </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver Units in other formats e.g. print, CD under cost recovery basis </li></ul><ul><li>Download and reversion Units for targeted and local delivery to employees/ members to help widening access or participation programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Mix OERs from different sources into new courses </li></ul><ul><li>Provide tutorial support services for employees/members to ensure participation and completion </li></ul>
  11. 11. Major Challenges <ul><li>Empowering people to make use of an information rich world through appropriate learning technologies and support networks; </li></ul><ul><li>Opening up the opportunities for non-formal learning as part of a life long learning agenda; </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding better how to reach hard-to-reach groups and tackle educational disadvantage; </li></ul><ul><li>Managing quality assurance and intellectual property rights creatively and moving thinking forward on these; </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a sustainable system or network for developing and supporting open educational resources. </li></ul>