The call for proposals to #OER17: The Politics of Open is now published at https://oer17.oerconf.org/call-for-proposals/.
The 8th Annual Open Educational Resources Conference will be held on 5-6 April 2017 at Resource for London, UK.
The conference will be chaired by social and educational technologist and Wikimedia UK Trustee Josie Fraser, and Alek Tarkowski, Director of Centrum Cyfrowe, co-founder and coordinator of Creative Commons Poland.
The conference themes this year are:
Local, national, and international policy and practice
Participation & social equality
The deadline for proposals: Midday GMT Wednesday, 16 November 2016. You can read the full call which includes session formats athttps://oer17.oerconf.org/call-for-proposals/.
If you would like to help us promote this call a suggested tweet is included below:
If you are interested in #oer/#oep the call for proposals for #oer17: The Politics of Open is published https://oer17.oerconf.org/call-for-proposals/
Call for proposals – open
Submission system – late Oct.
Call closes – 16th Nov.
Review decisions and bookings open – Dec.
We hope to see you in April!
Yey! just got my email from Marem Deepwell to join the Conference Committee for OER17. Here is a bit more about the conference:
“OER17 presents an opportunity for open practitioners, activists, educators and policy makers to come together as a community to reflect on The Politics of Open. What are our current key challenges and strengths – locally, nationally, and internationally? What are our priorities – in terms of political governance, organisational and personal politics? What are the changes that we want to effect together? The conference will be chaired by social and educational technologist and Wikimedia UK Trustee Josie Fraser, and Alek Tarkowski, Director of Centrum Cyfrowe, co-founder and coordinator of Creative Commons Poland”
Conference proposals are not open yet but this will happen soon – Nov/Dec this year.
One person I would like to see do a presentation is Lesley Gourlay based around her recent paper:
Gourlay, L. (2015). Open education as a ‘heterotopia of desire’. Learning, Media and Technology, 40 (3), 310-327.
This looks good…as part of the festival the organisers have asked the folowing 5 questions:
1. What Web projects have you encountered that leap borders or conventional approaches to change people’s lives? #WebInspire
2. What do you think are the best examples of creativity and artistic imagination on the Web? #WebCreate
3. What examples of personal, corporate or government online action threatens the future of a free, open and universal Web? #OpenWeb
4. What aspects of the Web give you the greatest joy and the greatest worry? #WebJoy #WebWorry
5. What ideas, projects or schemes would you suggest we present at the festival to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Web? #MyWebIdea
Colin Gray (@elearningcolin) just advertised some open learning courses on the SEDA email list today. They looking interesting:
“The courses are all aimed at teaching an aspect of Technology Enhanced Learning and they’re part of the research project I’m currently working on. The aim is to develop models of online learning for work based learners such as yourselves, and, of course, to help people integrate a bit more tech into their teaching!
Anyway, enough explanation, I’d love to have anyone on the courses that are interested. Here’s the list:
– The Podcasting Teacher: Creating Podcasts for Education
– Perform Magic with Moodle: Enhance any Module
– Cloud Apps for Education: Collaborate, Organise & Enjoy!
You can see more details and book on the courses here:
Great new (FREE) online course starting next week – check it out!
• The course site sits within p2pu and is available at https://p2pu.org/en/courses/140/intro-to-openness-in-education/
• The Facebook community for the course can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1427036210872914/
• The Google plus community for the NWOER Network can be accessed at https://plus.google.com/communities/105070147683917577275
• Start following @northwestoer. We will be using the Twitter hashtag #nwOER
For further information regarding this open course, please access http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/flex/oerweek.php
HEA Workshop and Seminar Series 2012-13
Embedding Open Educational Resources institutionally
University of Leeds
Date: Thursday 24th January 2013
Time: 10:00 – 15:30
Venue: University of Leeds
First there was a welcome and introduction from The Higher Education Academy and Professor Vivien Jones, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Education, University of Leeds
The first presentation was on ‘Institutional OER project: experiences & outcomes’ by Dr N Morris, Dr D I Lewis, [University of Leeds]
They started with a definition of OER’s, ‘Digitised teaching and learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released by the copyright owner under and intellectual property licence (eg Creative Commons) that permits their use or re-puposing (re-use, revision, remixing, redistribution) by others’. Thus not to be confused with open accessed resources.
Next followed a brief outline of the Project’s aims
- Raise institutional awareness of the potential and usefulness of open educational resources through a series of workshops for academics and teaching support staff from a diverse range of disciplines;
- Work with individual academics in a range of disciplines to locate, evaluate and embed appropriate open educational resources in their teaching practice;
- Produce a series of written and audio-visual case studies of practitioners’ experiences of using open educational resources for the first time;
- Establish an institutional OER steering group to develop an institutional strategy for the use of Open Educational Resources.
The Workshops took a similar format; give e.g.s of subject specific OER’s (15 mins). Then got the participants to find OER in their subjects. Then general discussion on challenges and benefits of OER’s. The feedback was very good although attendance at the workshops was quite low. They also produced Case Studies pamphlet highlighting some good practice. Also presented at student education conference.
The Workshops highlighted a great need for staff guidance and support. Some themes emerged: Web portals for resources, Staff like advice on producing OER’s, Staff would like a publishing guide, Staff wanted recognition and to be rewarded and finally, staff would like clear advice on copyright.
Finally a Steering group was set up
- Included reps from all sectors of the conference
- Consulted with academic community
- Draft policy circulated widely
- Produced set of recommendations to accompany policy
- Final policy agreed by senior management and Taught Student Education Board https://elgg.leeds.ac.uk/phsnpm/files/-1/4461/University+of+Leeds+OER+guidance+%28November+2012%29.pdf
- disseminated to Faculties for implementation http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/projects/detail/oer/OER_COM2_Leeds
There are further events planned:
- Spotlightlight on OER’s on “for staff” (Intranet) showcasing videos
- Short staff/student workshops on OER
- Faculty specific support as required,from learning technology
Before lunch we then had a discussion session on ‘The challenges of embedding OERs institutionally’ led Rebecca Dearden, (University of Leeds)
In the afternoon we had Keynote lecture by Professor Wyn Morgan, (University of Nottingham) on ‘Embedding OERs at the University of Nottingham’ He started by explaining ‘What is Open Nottingham?’ and the two main drivers for using OER’s at Nottingham University;1. Internationalisation 40,000 students, 6,000 international students 6 Campuses 2. Having a well developed Learning Technology Support that supports Open Learning)
It has been a relatively new initiative. U-Now launched in 2007. Member of OCWC in 2008. BerLin Project 2009/10. Open Nottingham started in 2010.
He then outlined some of the key reasons ‘Why are we Open’ at Nottingham. Firstly for reasons of Social Responsibility – providing OER’s to other institutions (this is now in the Uni Strategic plan). Second it is an example Excellence in education at Nottingham, and thirdly for promotion opportunities, where prospective students can get a ‘taste’ of the courses at Nottingham University.
It is also very clear that Open Nottingham has some important support from Senior management. But it is always a ‘Opt in’ for individuals and faculties – staff are not required to make their resources ‘open’. There have also been dedicated tools developed by the learning support team e.g. Xerte – Xpert – YouTube channel – Xpert 2
The impact on the University has already been significant. 70% of schools engaged – Mature publication model – 3600 credits by 2015 For Example, School of Politics and international Relations has; School wide engagement, embraced new technology, Transformational change. Over 600 credits committed (produced ‘Politics in 60 seconds’ explaining their research in 60 second videos ….available on YouTube)
Also at an individual Level, Dr Richard Field produced a online statistical package. Produced a Handout for SPSS. He found loads on Open resources, Changed the instructions, changed some of the instructions, Changed font – Saved time only took 300 mins to produce handouts.
Furthermore ‘Encouraging Re-Use of OER’s’, is now Optional module on PGCert for teaching staff .
Impact on students is also an important factor. OER supporting learners. Input all areas: use systems and resources.Students union support. Students given links to U-Now to access materials (www.unow.nottingham.ac.uk) As one student said, “interested in using U-Now resources….because it was like a safe ‘sandbox’….” Furthermore, UNow provided embedded OER’s into “student Essentials” (resources study kits)
From a marketing perspective the links on Nottingham’s online prospectus to UNow (links to podcasts, videos etc) give a flavour of the university
However, there are associated barriers to staff engagement with OER’s (Based on staff survey):
- Time constraints 65%
- Fear of copyright constraint %85
- ownership and legal constraints 43%
In terms of ‘Next Steps’ the university aims to increase focus on helping staff to re-use content, expand its publication model, investigate the potential for open courses (MOCCS) and look to embed OER in all schools across the university
Thus in conclusion not everyone at Nottingham is fully engaged with OER’s, however, “we have tried to promote OER, make them as simple as possible and make and reuse OERs to make student learning as interesting as possible”
Case study from experienced OER practitioner [Mr Antonio Martínez-Arboleda, University of Leeds]
Antonio gave a presentation on Humbox and how he used it:
http://www.humbox.ac.uk which is Repository for Arts and Humanities resources Over 4000 resources.
and SCORE Support Centre for Open Resources in Education www.open.ac.uk/score
Jorum www.jorum.ac.uk – Embedding OER oral histories of Spanish political refugees
Finally the day was concluded with a discussion session – Future individual plans for creation / use of OER [Dr D I Lewis, University of Leeds]
Last week Lorna Walker, Senior Lecturer in Marketing here at Regent’s College gave an excellent short introductory talk and demonstration on Pinterest. I had seen Pinterest before and had even signed up with Pinterest but I couldn’t really see the relevance of it in a educational context. Lorna’s presentation changed my mind and certainly gave me a few ideas and showed me the potential of its usefulness!
Lorna started with the question ‘What is Pinterest?’ and answered it with a brief overview of its main features:
- Virtual scrapbook of images, pictures, infographs, video etc.
- You curate (‘pins’) into themed boards organised around what interests you.
- You can comment on your own pins and other people’s.
- You can share boards with other pinners.
This was followed by a brief demonstration of how to set up a Pinterest account and how to use the basic features of the site; How to Pin, Set up account and profile, Start following people, Pin from the internet (‘pin it’ button), Upload pictures from your computer, Pin from your phone/ipad using app.
The bit I found the most interesting were her suggestions as to what Pinterest could actually be used for? Probably the two most important uses are for curating content and organising ideas. Here Lorna showed us a variety of Pnterest boards from a variety of different sources:
- Sociology – Prof Jess
- Pursuing interests – The Thesis Whispere
- Typography, design and branding – Anitranot
- Book Reviews – LSE Review of Books
- Student assignments – Geraldine Saur
- Carreers services – Priceton University
- History – Dan Jackson
- Retail Store design – Gino Van Ossel
What really struck me here was the very visual nature of Pinterest. So much of the content that we use in HE teaching is text based but the boards created in Pinterest are so visual! It just gives a totally different look and feel to the content and looks so different from everything else we do when teaching academic subjects.
It also opens up the possibility for ‘Collaborating’ both inside and outside of the classroom. It would be great to see students creating their own boards in Pinterest. Involving students in this way would make it a more active process, where they could then show their own boards to their peers or the lecturer, maybe even doing presentations using them.
’10 ways to use Pnterest in the Classroom’:http://teachbytes.com/2012/03/10/10-ways-to-use-pinterest-in-the-classroom/
Here is a new site which will be a great resource for researchers and lecturers teaching research methods:
It provides a number of OER’s on the following topics: