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Open Educational Resources. Building open content for the bioscience community. Outline. Open Educational Resources Background, current status and problems The OER programme How it is being executed and what it means to the centre workload Expected outcomes

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Open educational resources

Open Educational Resources

Building open content for the bioscience community



  • Open Educational Resources

    • Background, current status and problems

  • The OER programme

    • How it is being executed and what it means to the centre workload

  • Expected outcomes

    • Critical success factors for the pilot

  • Further information

    • Key links and tags to follow progress

About the project

About the Project

  • A PILOT project to discover the barriers and issues

  • A ‘significant amount’ of material for release

  • An opportunity for the Centre to provide resources to support practical work

What is an oer

What is an OER?

  • Creating educational resources for sharing and further development

    • Easy to find (fully described)

    • Easy to use (context and guidance available)

    • Quality assured (authentic)

    • Re-purposable, and shared for further development.

  • Key communities

    OER Commons, OCW Consortium, CCLearn

    “Reuse, Redistribute, Revise, and Remix”

Problems oer has to tackle

Problems OER has to tackle

  • OER ‘culture’ slow to pick up in UK HE

  • Is sharing resources financially viable?

  • IPR clearance

  • Discovery, tagging and branding,

  • Individual Academic profile

  • Inter-institutional dependencies

  • Worldwide profile for UK HE

The oer programme

The OER programme

  • Initiated by HEFCE/JISC and delivered by JISC/Academy

  • Pilot project for a £25m? programme (2009-2012)

    • Pilot phase £5.7m (April 2009-April 2010)

    • <£3m for 12 Subject Centres to run projects

  • Not buying rights to old resources!

    • But re-purposing existing, valued content demonstrating various approaches

  • Cultural change and sustainable processes

    • Content is an indicator of processes in place – a metric

    • Sustained release – institutional IPR policies updated

    • Benefits for academic profile, institutional profile, discipline profile and their students

The current environment

The current environment

Our communities are now distributed throughout a complex series of online networks

Funded projects

Funded projects

  • Institutional, Subject and Individual strands

    • Coventry - Open Content Employability

    • Exeter - Open Exeter

    • Leeds Met - Unicycle

    • Leicester University - OTTER

    • Nottingham University - BERLiN

    • Oxford University - Open Spires

    • Staffordshire University - OpenStaffs

    • York, Westminster, Oxford Brookes, Falmouth, Anglia Ruskin, UCL, UCLAN, Lincoln and Bradford

Funded projects1

Funded projects

Subject strand

  • SC LLAS (Southampton), ENG (Royal Holloway), PRS (Leeds), HCA (Durham) The HumBox Project

  • SC ICS (Ulster) Open Educational Repository in Support of Computer Science

  • SCEngineering (Loughborough) Open Educational Resources Pilot

  • SC UKCME (Liverpool)) CORE-Materials: Collaborative Open Resource Environment –for MaterialsSC Economics (Bristol) TRUE: Teaching Resources for Undergraduate Economics

  • SC Physical Sciences (Hull/Liverpool) Skills for Scientists

  • SC GEES (Plymouth) C-change in GEES: Open licensing of climate change and sustainabilityresources in the Geography, Earth and Environmental SciencesSC ADM (Brighton) Open Educational Resources in Art, Design and Media

  • SC MSOR (Nottingham Trent) FETLAR (Finding electronic teaching learning and assessment resources)

  • SC Bioscience (Leeds) ‘An Interactive Laboratory and Fieldwork Manual for the Biosciences’

  • SC UKCLE (Warwick) Simulation Learning Resources

  • SC HSAP (KCL) Public Health Open Resources in the University Sector (PHORUS)

  • SC C-SAP (Southampton) Evaluating the practice of collective endeavour in opening up keyresources for learning and teaching in the social sciencesSC MEDEV (Newcastle) Organising Open Educational Resources (OOER)

Our work

Our work

  • Ten project ‘consortia’ with Bioscience

    • Nottingham: Biodiversity

    • Oxford: iCases – Influenza outbreak

    • DeMontfort: Virtual Analytical Laboratory

    • OU: Biochemistry virtual laboratories

    • Bath: Cancer Biology

    • UCL: Virtual museum for zoology

    • Glasgow: Virtual Ecology

    • Gloucestershire: Java-based Rocky Shore simulation

    • Leeds: Microbiology labs (10 tutorials and exercises)

    • Manchester: Genetic Analysis scenarios

Our work1

Our work

  • Contributing existing resources (reworking for open release)

  • Output into JorumOpen

  • Resolving IPR using standard licences (e.g. CC-BY-NC-SA)

  • Sharing IPR successes through network

  • Cataloguing issues – Jorum support

  • Managing the project - Sharepoint

Key issues and outcomes

Key Issues and outcomes

  • IPR cleared content for re-use and redevelopment

  • Use of appropriate descriptive meta-data

  • Dissemination and distribution from key repositories and source providers

  • Sustainability – a 5 year minimum expected

  • Raised OER awareness

  • Final Report

Follow developments

Follow developments

  • Tags: OER and UKOER (or #OER and #UKOER) in online updates

  • Academy OER newsfeed (soon)

  • Open Education News

  • Cetis: Educational Content

    • Bioscience OER blog and project partner blogs

Press coverage in 2009 10

Press coverage in 2009/10


Daily Telegraph,

Times Higher Education


Sunday Times

  • Further project links

  • Open Educational Resources programme

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