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V Rolfe STEM 2012 Employer Engagement in OER 12April2012


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Talk given by Viv to the annual UK STEM conference, Imperial College on working with external collaborators to produce OER. Part of the UKOER Phase 3 project at De Montfort University,

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V Rolfe STEM 2012 Employer Engagement in OER 12April2012

  1. 1. Building External Partnerships to EnhanceSTEM Education Opportunities Dr Mark Fowler & Dr Viv Rolfe CC BY-SA 2.0 (with the exception of the JISC and DMU logo)
  2. 2. Building External Partnerships to Enhance STEM Education Opportunities Presentation for STEM Annual Conference 2012‘Aiming for excellence in STEM learning and teaching’ Imperial College London, 12-13 April 2012
  3. 3. Background• The Health and Life Science Open Educational Resource (HALSOER) project is releasing OER for STEM subjects including Forensic, Biomedical and Medical Science.• Funded by UKOER Phase 3.
  4. 4. Other DMU STEM projects• 2009 Virtual Analytical Laboratory (VAL) (UKOER Pilot) – content supplied internally.• 2010 Sickle Cell Open (SCOOTER) (UKOER Phase 2) – some content from external organisations.• 2011 SCORE Fellowship – on-line lab skills module.
  5. 5. Why work with external partners?• National public sector changes suggest organisations should work more closely (BIS 2011, DOH 2010).• Graduate employability is high on the agenda (Brown 2010).
  6. 6. Our aim and approach• To investigate how partnerships can be identified and grown from potential commercial and non-commercial partner organisations.• To evaluate our experience by recording our observations, and interviewing collaborators to identify best practice.
  7. 7. HALS team approach• Faculty of Health and Life Science, DMU.• ~20 academics are identifying existing and new partners within their subjects.• Initial scoping meeting.• Agree deliverables and process.• Set sensible time frames for producing OER.• Contractual agreements / copyright.
  8. 8. Who are our partners? MEDICAL / BIOMEDICAL FORENSIC Oxford University Press Leicestershire Constabulary National Health Service Forensic Focus •Nurse counselling service •Pathology Department LRI / NG The Fingerprint Society •Gastroenterology Unit LRI •Nutrition Service LRI Leicester schools and collegesLRI = Leicester Royal InfirmaryNG = Northampton General
  9. 9. OER pipeline (2011)
  10. 10. Example scoping exercise
  11. 11. Level of participationExternal Partner Participation Approval DecisionLeicestershire Producers, end-users OrganisationalConstabularyNational Health Service Producers, end-users Individual / teamsOxford University Press End-users OrganisationalForensic Focus Producers OrganisationalThe Fingerprint Society Quality control Organisational
  12. 12. Level of approval• Organisational i.e. board approval, senior management sign off, senior management approval of time and commitment.• Individual basis / small teams were happy to collaborate.• No partnership agreements / contracts required.• Licensing permissions to release materials using Creative Commons gained at a departmental leadership level (form 4).
  13. 13. Attitude• All discussions with external collaborators regarding the concept of OER positively received.• Staff at all levels are all supportive.• Partners always comply with the Creative Commons license required by the project (BY SA).
  14. 14. Types of OER Case studies Lecture notes
  15. 15. Types of OER Instructional podcasts Animated image galleries
  16. 16. OER summary• Wide range of materials in terms of: – File formats (PDF, SWF, MP4, MP3, JPG…..) – Granularities (images, lecture notes, on-line training packages with content and assessment)• Interoperable, accessible, OPEN!
  17. 17. Motivation for involvementExternal Partner Business ModelLeicestershire Constabulary Graduate employabilityNational Health Service Graduate employability / staff continual professional development (CPD)Oxford University Press Business development / quality supplementary informationForensic Focus Business developmentThe Fingerprint Society Maintaining quality of professional materials
  18. 18. Mutual benefits?• OER for science undergraduates are used by junior staff professional development. – Histology OER for final year Biomedical Science students are relevant for NHS biomedical scientists requiring Health Professions Council registration. – OER used for junior histopathologists seeking registration with the Royal College of Pathologists. – Constabulary and the Fingerprint Society ensure the forensic science resources are of high quality to meet professional body requirements.
  19. 19. Unexpected benefits?• Discussions about OER has led to wider collaborations: – New opportunities for final year research project students. – MSc / PhD post-graduate opportunities for university students and NHS staff. – Visiting professorships support undergraduate teaching. – Ideas for further funding applications.
  20. 20. Summary• HALS is exploring processes and attitudes to external partnerships working on OER.• Initial observations suggest partnerships are easily established and are more often mutually beneficial.• OER pipeline facilitiates OER flow but takes time to manage.• OER is mutually beneficial and catalyses dialogue around a whole range of collaborative opportunities.
  21. 21. Next steps• Continue research as part of HALS project.• Explore student benefits: – Short-term – use and impact of new high quality OER. – Longer-term – outcomes of new teaching and research collaborations.
  22. 22. Resources• BIS (2011). Students at the Heart of the System: Consulting on the future of Higher Education. Available:• Browne, J. (2010). Securing a sustainable future for higher education. Available:• DOH (2010). Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS. Available:• HALS Project Website:• OER Pipeline (2011).
  23. 23. Find out more! Twitter @DMUVivCC BY SA Jacob Escott, HALS Project, DMU.