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Oxford OER examples: OpenSpire
Peter Robinson led off a session demonstrating the OER work from Oxford University. The...
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20 April 2010
Peter Robinson led off a session demonstrating the OER work from Oxford University. The OpenSpires work had the dual aims of making talks and lectures available as OER, and to share the institutional implications of that work.. This built on the successful release of content by Oxford on iTunesU with >3million downloads. The iTunesU licence limits to “personal use” which is more restrictive than desirable. Content across all topics and different types – with success in recording student-tutor discussions. Examples shown from publc speakers (Gordon Brown), museum collections, straight lectures, illustrated lectures, … . The central podcasting service used a role out approach to bring in self-recordings as well as supported recordings. Aim to minimise the time required – ideally to the time the event takes. Overall a syndication approach has been taken with the vision that eventually an ensemble of content from different providers can be constructed.
Reasons to share: personal, reputation, altruism, reward. The contributions should be sustainable as impact is fairly high.
a Philosophy lecturer (Marianne Talbot) who released a podcast of a lecture that then became the global No.1 on iTunesU. Making her possibly the “most heard philosopher in the world”.
An Art historian (Martin Kemp) described a seminar on how to validate whether or not a Leonardo Da Vinci manuscript is in fact genuine. Important to him was to be able to release his content with the implied quality of the Oxford University and also to then lead into further funding from the Gates Foundation. His own personal profile as a speaker, writer and broadcaster is supported by the free availability of his work.
Tristram Wyatt described how existing work on online study skills from Oxford and South Africa to be openly available and adaptable. The switch to having a changeable resource made them more useful. The investment in the content was fairly high compared to podcasts which has restricted how they have been able to go beyond an initially funded activity.