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Open Educational Resources and Practices for Higher Education


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Presentation delivered by Lis Parcell (Jisc RSC Wales) and Julia Ault (University of Wales: Trinity Saint David) at the Coleg Sir Gar HE Conference 1 July 2013. It included Ope

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Open Educational Resources and Practices for Higher Education

  1. 1. Open Educational Resources and Practices for Higher Education • Lis Parcell (Jisc RSC Wales) • Julia Ault (University of Wales: Trinity St David) Coleg Sir Gar, 1 July 2013 @lisparcell @juliadesigns @ffynnonweb
  2. 2. Open educational practices: sharing, reducing barriers, increasing access “all activities that open up access to educational opportunity, in a context where freely available online content and services […] are taken as the norm.“
  3. 3. • “teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use […] Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.” • “Resources that are specifically licenced to be used and re-used in an educational context” Open educational resources: OER
  4. 4. Open courses and MOOCs
  5. 5. Where are we on the open path? • [image withheld for copyright reasons] Image from Lou McGill
  6. 6. Learning to share, sharing to learn
  7. 7. Finding examples of OERs
  8. 8. Avoiding Plagiarism tutorial - Cardiff University Information Services Found by searching on for ‘Plagiarism’
  9. 9. Some sources of open educational resources and open courses • Jorum • Humbox • Languagebox • Xpert • Openlearn • Itunes U • OER Commons • MERLOT • MIT • Institutional repositories • Sources of open courses and OERs included in this Diigo collection: •
  10. 10. 21st century scholarship: “many eyes”
  11. 11. What are students saying? “Sharing is a relationship for cyclical advantage, not altruism, and students will keep resources to themselves in order to gain competitive advantage.” Lorna Campbell reporting on OER13 “…little is known about what lifelong learners are doing with OER resources” Allison Littlejohn, OER4Adults “While many students made use of OER, it was much more common for them to be used when they were endorsed or required by their teachers.” Toni Pearce, OER13 keynote
  12. 12. “Whirling and bouncing”
  13. 13. Over to Julia • CertHE Skills for the Workplace Program uses LinkedIn as major communication tool. • Main Group for all learners and to promote the course
  14. 14. This main group is used to share resources with all our learners, regardless of cohort and place of study
  15. 15. Each cohort has their own private ‘sub-group’ for discussion and resource-sharing.
  16. 16. Example of some recent discussions in the Carmarthen sub-group
  17. 17. CertHE Skills for the Workplace also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook.
  18. 18. Creating a Facebook page is a really good way to separate your personal Facebook presence from your professional one without the hassle of managing two separate Fb accounts.
  19. 19. A Facebook page is similar to your Facebook wall and your Twitter stream
  20. 20. You can link your professional LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to your Facebook Page so that you can share resources with all your social media contacts.
  21. 21. Julia Ault contact details • University of Wales: Trinity Saint David • Tutor + Digital Skills Adviser: CertHE Skills for the Workplace • Technology Enhanced Learning Officer (Wed pm – Friday only) • Email: Mobile: 07977 481 608 • LinkedIn
  22. 22. Find out more, stay in touch • Contact info for Lis/Jisc RSC: • Lis Parcell (Jisc RSC Wales HE Coordinator) • @lisparcell • Jisc RSC Wales • Jisc
  23. 23. Hands-on time • Choice of: – Look at Julia’s examples of practice and ask her about social media – Sample some of the tools mentioned by Lis and talk to her/Elaine about strategies for resource discovery: – – Discuss with colleagues any issues raised for your HE practice by • Open practice/OER and/or • Social media • Could any of these resources/tools support your scholarly practice and HE teaching)? • Share any resources/ideas via – [we used] – These will be shared online