OER10 Opening keynote (Malcolm Read)
Malcolm Read from JISC gave the opening talk at OER10 on 22 March 2010....
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22 March 2010
Malcolm Read from JISC gave the opening talk at OER10 on 22 March 2010.
Malcolm Read gave the first keynote. He had promoted the OER area for at least two years before HEFCE came behind it. Open contexts
- Open Source
- Open Standards
- Open Access
- Open Data
- Open Educational Resource
- Open Science and open innovation]
Reasons for individual academic interest:
- Communities of scholars
- Building on the work of others
Marketing argument was the strongest for persuading funders. Recognition of the value of online presence.
UKOER programme – constructive and positive experience in the pilot: indicates that impact may require less funding than envisaged. Five year target for having impact for change: actually practically all universities in UK now paying attention to this, some sceptics remain and fewer have policies. “Those academics who worry about being replaced by a set of powerpoint slides should be replaced by a set of powerpoint slides”.
Programme split between institutional, subject, and individual. So far subject-level have been most successful: reflecting readier existence of community and identity within the subject strands. Rights – predictably an issue. Problem areas: performing arts and foreign held rights.
- Discovery and use
- Benefit to the learning processes
- OER to support needs of sector
- Learn from the pilot experiences
- Plus Fill in some subject gaps (e.g. education)
Aggregation of materials across the world. “Open Text Books” provides an image – a collection of material built on OER that supports particular pedagogic process.
£4m for year two to:
- Cascade model of project support
- Projects around sector priorities
- Aggregation of OER
- Effect of OER on pedagogy
- Prospective learners (Can school leavers use in advance?)
- Formal and informal learners (is there evidence of support for informal learning?)
- Academics (Change in course production models – does it save time?)
- The library way - directories
- The web way – free text search
Pilot took a third way:
- Minimal metadata
- Multiple places
- Multiple metos
- OER as an component
OER is a “layer” of openness for academics alongside – research outputs, research data, on-line text books. OCWC needs to place OER in context of research and other resources.
- Part of wider movement
- Not just one way to organise and discover
- Under-researched (OLnet)
- Need low-cost, sustainable models of release.
11:33 on 22 March 2010