Open Educational Resources - a force for change

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Poster presentation on the \'Skills for Scientists\' project from the UK Physical Sciences Centre

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Open Educational Resources - a force for change

  1. 1. Open Educational Resources – a force for change What are OER? What is the Skills for Scientists project? Open educational resources (OER) are This project has been supporting physical sciences academics at a range of HEIs. Participants were supported through the teaching and learning materials typified by process of turning their existing resources into open educational resources and sharing them with potential reusers: having an open licence (one that means no fee or royalty will be due for use of the material.) ACCESSIBILITY LICENSING METADATA SHARING Why create/use OER? • taking into account the • selecting the correct • selecting the correct • selecting the accessibility of the type of open license metadata that allows appropriate sites that content, file type, file for the OER and the the potential reuser to enable the potential Resources are already being shared between size and site where the IPR owner(s) locate the OER reuser to locate the OER is shared OER academics. The advantage to offering your resources for reuse as OER is that you can stipulate how they should be reused (e.g. if Typically, those involved with the project had been sharing their academic resources before but not as OER; the vast changes are permissible). The advantages to majority had never used an open licence before. reusing OER is that you can avoid ‘reinventing the wheel’ but still be sure that you are not As a consequence of being involved in this project, participants indicated that they would be engaged in many activities infringing copyright when you reuse someone included turning other resources into OER and creating resources with OER in mind from the start. They reported else’s work. that they would use open licenses, approach using third-party material with more thought and add metadata to resources. Helping others was also part of their plan; they reported that they would tell or show others how to create Skills for Scientists Project Partners OER, and how and where to find OER. Respondents believed that, as a consequence of their being involved with the project, their institutions were more aware of Project lead: OER, showed an interest in becoming more involved and some were developing policy around OER. UK Physical Sciences Centre Project Partners: University of Edinburgh OER Released University of Hull University of Leeds To date, material equivalent to over 600 credits has been released University of Leicester through this project. Links to the OER pictured and all the others can University of Liverpool be found on our website: Loughborough University http://bit.ly/skillsforscientists University of Manchester Newcastle University Further Information Open University Full details of this project can be found on our website: University of Plymouth http://bit.ly/skillsforscientists University of Reading The UK Physical Science Centre has produced a Briefing Paper on Sheffield Hallam University producing OER: University of Southampton http://bit.ly/oer_briefing_paper Staffordshire University Universidade de A Coruña and contributed to a wiki of detailed guidance on all aspects on OER: The Institute of Physics stemoer.pbworks.com The Royal Society of Chemistry UK Physical Sciences Centre Tel/Fax: 01482 465418 Skills for Scientists was funded by HEFCE University of Hull email: psc@hull.ac.uk Hull HU6 7RX www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci through the Academy/JISC OER Programme

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