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Bringing the benefits of OER to Scotland's colleges

Scotland's Colleges and Jorum are collaborating on an initiative to bring about a significant advance in the use of Open Educational Resources in support of learning and teaching in the college sector in Scotland. This initiative has formed at a time of major organisational change in the college sector in Scotland and is well placed to address some of the pressures this change brings and to help support the sector going forward. This initiative is also timely following the recent approval of the UNESCO declaration on OER. Making use of the functionality offered by the open source DSpace repository and integration tools, this project will launch a new open resource-sharing service for the Scottish FE sector in Autumn 2012. This pecha kucha looks at the drivers which have led to this development and the positive impact it will have nationally in Scotland.

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Bringing the benefits of OER to Scotland's colleges

  1. 1. Bringing the benefits of OER to Scotland’s colleges Allan Forsyth, Ben Ryan, Jackie Graham,, RF3: Pecha Kucha - National Infrastructures Wednesday, 11 July 2012: 11:00am - 12:30pm Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1), Appleton Tower Edinburgh University
  2. 2. Scotland’s Colleges exists to support, represent and promote the Scottish college sector. Based in Stirling in the heart of Scotland, Scotlands Colleges is the trading name of the Scottish Further Education Unit (SFEU) and the Association of Scotlands Colleges (ASC).Image © Graham Grinner Lewis flickr CC BY 2.0
  3. 3. The Scottish Further Education Sector 41 colleges 306,000 students 19,500 staff 1 in 16 of the working-age population is attending a further education course at a college in Scotland. One qualifications authority: Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Coherent and Common Curriculum
  4. 4. Regionalisation and funding cutsFunding has been cut by 25% in last 3 years.Colleges to merge to form 13 regional colleges. Image © State Library of South Australia 5493168/in/set-72157624685026840/ CC BY 2.0
  5. 5. Jorum is the UK service funded by JISC to facilitate the collection and sharing ofOER in the UK
  6. 6. Drivers - demandMore sweetspleaseWhat we need  What we got  Images © Ian Britton CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
  7. 7. Drivers - value + = Hitching a ride Images © Ian Britton CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
  8. 8. Open Educational ResourcesWe are on the cusp of a global revolution in teaching and learning. Educatorsworldwide are developing a vast pool of educational resources on the Internet, openand free for all to use...Cape Town Open Education Declaration:Unlocking the promise of open educational resources
  9. 9. A bit of configuration Getting under the hood Now we’re flying high Making the right connections Images © Ian Britton CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
  10. 10. Functionality- Search for resources across Scottish repository and Jorum- Curriculum-specific searching- Integration with VLEs (Moodle, Blackboard planned)- Authentication through Shibboleth, OpenAthens etc- Branded for Scottish FE sector Image © cdwaldi on flickr CC BY-NC 2.0
  11. 11. ValueCosts of this shared serviceare less than 50% of theprevious repository.Can demonstrate value tothe sector. Image © Glitteratii on Photozou CC BY-NC-ND 2.1
  12. 12. PitfallsService level agreements andcontracts take longer than youexpect - but it’s important to getit right! Image © Gary Peeples U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Public Domain Image
  13. 13. ContentMigrating content from existing Scotland’s Colleges repository.Including content not previously openly licensed. Adding new content.Providing access to other collections – NHS, Jorum and BBC. Image Old and new buildings © Erik Harmon Public Domain Image
  14. 14. Engagement Engagement Group - process not a project - ownership not confined to one organisation - belongs to the sector which will always be there - developed organically - those who are keen to participate and contribute Image © elcapitan79 flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
  15. 15. What have we learned from engagement? E-learning Practitioners convinced of benefits of OER. Teaching Staff and Senior Management moving in the right direction but there are still doubters. Image © Roger Kidd geograph CC BY-SA 2.0
  16. 16. What have we learned about collaboration? Common Aims: - OER - Open Source - DSpace Image © Bighappyfunhouse CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 - Remit for FE - Hard up!
  17. 17. What will it look like?
  18. 18. Changing culture Bottom up - working with teaching staff, CPD, workshops. Top down - convincing senior management. Environment - Repository functionality.Image © Keith Edkins geograph CC BY-SA 2.0 Image © Dancing Star (Licensed for NC reuse with modification)
  19. 19. Next steps Launch Autumn 2012 Rollout of engagement strategy Ongoing merging/regionalisation