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Opening doors to digital learning – open educational repositories for community discovery, sharing, reuse and activity

Talk by Catherine Bruen at ISKS 11 May 09

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Gráinne Conole
11 May 2009

•    Irish - National Digital Learning Repository NDLR, HEA funded
•    Idea is to pull things together for the Irish context
•    Outline: shifting paradigms, OER, strategies for achieving development and access to OER
•    Take a moment to review the following slide on use of new technologies – identify two methods or tools you might use in your current teaching, how many of the methods or tools have you not heard of, who is using the resources, what are they using them for?
•    Tools include: clickers, 2P, SMS, RLOs, OER, CAA, CMS, VOIP, folksonomy, cloud computing, social bookmarking, twitter, open journals, elf, zoho, drupal, sakai, moodle, audacity, bubbl-us, grupthink, pbwiki, slideshare, vanilla, colloquia, screencasting, e-portfolios, web-trails, googlejockeying
•    CoP: sharing, reuse, activities, aggregation, harvesting, support, knowledge sharing and transfer, modification, improvement, communal development
•    Tools and services need to be user-centred: need to come into the users own space and be of benefit for their individual interests; there is no such thing as a central portal anymore
•    Institutions trying to develop their own T&L resources: Challenges – expense, critical mass, paucity of shared experiences, difficult to sustain
•    A national repository of shared T&L resources: larger scale, more opportunity to support multiple subject areas, potential for greater reuse and collaboration, raising the bar for teaching and learning as a collective
•    An open digital repository: Much more scalable, high potential for CoP contribution and reuse, international licence agreements already in place (Creative Commons Licenses), protection against commercial exploitation, easier to set up infrastructure (access and authentication not a problem), CCLearn
OER movement
•    Huge number of resources now available, but its about sharing resources as the key to this, cutting down some of the barriers, Lou McGill JISC report on barriers to sharing resources, barriers are more social and cultural rather than technical and legal
•    Example: Openlearn (UK), Edshare (Jessie Hays - Southampton), BC Campus (Canada), IRISS learning exchange (Ireland), MIT Open Courseware (USA)

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