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Closing remarks of the III UOC UNESCO Chair International Seminar


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Closing remarks of the III UOC UNESCO Chair International Seminar

  1. 1. UOC UNESCO Chair in e-learning Third International Seminar Open Educational Resources: Institutional Challenges Closing session
  2. 2. Motivations (I) <ul><li>UOC’s mission: to provide people with training throughout their lives, overcoming barriers imposed by time and space </li></ul><ul><li>O means open </li></ul>
  3. 3. Motivations (II) <ul><li>UOC’s UNESCO Chair in e-learning: to foster an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities on the positive effect that the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) represents for universities, and promote equal opportunities in accessing ICTs </li></ul>
  4. 4. UOC UNESCO Chair <ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diffusion: roundtables / seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperation: networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Educational Resources emerge from the new needs of lifelong learning scenarios </li></ul>
  5. 5. Seminar structure <ul><li>Two study cases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open University UK OpenLearn (N. Sclater) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MIT OpenCourseWare (S. Miyagawa) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Six conferences: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional challenges (D. Wiley) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational aspects (C.S. Burrus) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological aspects (M. Sicilia) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic aspects (P. Baumgartner) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal aspects (R. Xalabarder) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OER and virtual universities (S. D’Antoni) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. OLCOS project <ul><li>Open Learning Content Observatory Services </li></ul><ul><li>EU funded, 2006-2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Main goal: building an (online) information and observation centre for promoting the concept, production and usage of open educational resources, in particular, open digital educational content (ODEC) in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Main outcomes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Roadmap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OER diffusion and promotion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More information available at </li></ul>
  7. 7. We’ve been discussing… <ul><li>It’s about learning </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is not just content </li></ul><ul><li>But content is still behind: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Content is not a ‘closed’ issue <ul><li>Granularity: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Granularity determines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedagogical model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metadata for content description </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Learning is changing <ul><li>Competency based </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong learning scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning environments </li></ul><ul><li>Personalization issues </li></ul><ul><li>Content becomes “secondary” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Open Educational Resources <ul><li>Too many terms: content, educational resources, learning objects, … </li></ul><ul><li>Open adds a new level of confusion: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modifiable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can they be sold? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Challenges <ul><li>Those coming from LO’s plus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological infrastructures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Licensing </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Recommendations (I) <ul><li>Inform (and convince): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publishers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional designers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Top-down and bottom-up approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Remove producer-consumer barriers </li></ul>
  13. 13. Recommendations (II) <ul><li>Stick to standards: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IEEE LOM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MPEG-7 / MPEG-21 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IMS LD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenCyC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BPEL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative Commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and, unfortunately, so many others </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. So… what? <ul><li>We have the contents </li></ul><ul><li>We have the pedagogical models </li></ul><ul><li>We have the standards </li></ul><ul><li>We have the technologies </li></ul><ul><li>We have the licenses </li></ul><ul><li>We have the will </li></ul><ul><li>What else do we need? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Closing session <ul><li>We must give attribution to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OLCOS partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All the used resources will be available through the post-seminar web site: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selected papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video recordings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transcriptions </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. See you soon! <ul><li>Thank you for coming and participating in such a rich seminar! </li></ul><ul><li>Post-seminar site available at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>