Track OER project: tracking Open Educational Resources

New JISC project TRACK OER: OER in the wild can get lost. We will add the tracer to find where they go for attribution..@openpad

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Nick Freear
22 March 2012

"New JISC project TRACK OER: OER in the wild can get lost. We will add the tracer to find where they go for attribution, research and remix." from @openpad.

This is the blog for a HEA/JISC-funded project in the Open Educational Resource (OER) rapid innovation programme. The project will run from 1 April to 19 October 2012 at The Open University.

 

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Open Educational Resources are released with permission to transfer to other contexts
and use, however often they are placed on a server that provides them with a “home”
location. While the permission typically includes the rights to place on other servers and
make changes, the need to provide an identified place for the content can mitigate
against that transfer and indirectly inhibit reuse. Reasons for wanting to retain courses in
one place include the wish to gather use data, build a critical mass of users around the
course and to bring any changed versions back into view.

From the bid document:

Open Educational Resources are released with permission to transfer to other contexts and use, however often they are placed on a server that provides them with a “home” location. While the permission typically includes the rights to place on other servers and make changes, the need to provide an identified place for the content can mitigate against that transfer and indirectly inhibit reuse. Reasons for wanting to retain courses in one place include the wish to gather use data, build a critical mass of users around the course and to bring any changed versions back into view.

 

Nick Freear
14:16 on 22 March 2012 (Edited 14:37 on 22 March 2012)

There has already been work in this area.

During his time as a visiting fellow on the OLnet project, Scott Leslie did some work on tracking the usage of downloaded OERs. We will be building on the ouputs from this work.

Brandon Muramatsu led a project at MIT to develop CaPRéT: Cut and Paste Reuse Tracking. This uses Javascript to record when a user copies some text to their clipboard, and to append attribution and license meta-data to the copied text.

Currently it is limited to copying plain text, so we plan to extend the libraries to handle rich content.

Nick Freear
14:37 on 22 March 2012 (Edited 14:39 on 22 March 2012)

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