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Resources to support the Brunel Blended Design Workshop
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22 October 2009
This Cloud has been set up to aggregate tools, resources and discussion around Open Educational Resources (OERs) and the finding, use and reuse of these.
Thanks for the excellent discussion and the exchange of ideas and insights today. I hope that you get the chance to explore the links to OER repositories provided and to begin experiment more in the field.
In order to make today's experience more valuable and reflexive, I will attempt to summarise some of the points you made. Feel free to continue sharing your experiences in this space and seek support where needed.
It's intriguing that many of you have used open educational resources in the past; but as the definition varies, so too the ideas about what is free, what is licensed as sharable and what is open to reuse and engage in a reflexive dialogue around teaching and learning practices.
Responding to the question: 'what type of resources would you consider useful from your point of view', your remarks were:
- audio, podcasts, Q&A banks around specific theories attached to a particular discipline and/or professional practice, quizzes, activity banks
- webinars, online articles, blogs
- resources and learning activities geared towards the development of lecturing skills, professional development, pastoral support
- widgets and tools on debating, argumentation as well as generic resources relating to ICTs
I hope this session has slightly changed perceptions about OERs, simply as open access content or courseware to something that also involves colloboration and sharing of experiences and contents around particular interests, disciplines, learning and teaching activities. This would certainly involve a change of philosophy or educational culture and would involve support in both raising awareness around OERs and training of lecturers, tutors,students, academics in general, as well formal and informal learners.
There are certainly opportunities as well as challenges here: One opportunity is bringing research closer to the classroom and making this contribute to a less hierarchical learning experience for all. Challenges focus on finding relevant and credible resources and cognitive overoad; Challenges around sharing include lack of motivation due to time limitations, lack of confidence and digital or collaborative literacies would be. Chris (I think) mentioned that he would be delighted to share own resources, but is also skeptical of context-independent resources. This brings me to think that if resources need to be 'granular' so they can be found easily, they too need to offer explicit learning designs, and a interactive interface to enable feedback and/or dialogue about 'reuse' on other contexts. Licensing regimes is another.
Some of these issues have been addressed in several spaces in Cloudworks (i.e. regarding motivations/barriers for sharing or ways to foster sharing and collaboration. Links to other resources are also available below so feel free to contribute to the dialogue or raise issues that you want to learn about.
The UK's Joint Information Systems Comittee has a comprehensive programme on OERs and is offering support for pilot projects and activities that foster the development of open resources. We are also working on relevant projects and the development of workshops in our very own Olnet project.
21:15 on 9 November 2009 (Edited 10:51 on 10 November 2009)
18:20 on 10 November 2009