Presentation - McAndrew - OLnet one year on
OLnet (The Open Learning network) is reserching the way in which Open Educational Resources are...
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22 June 2010
OLnet (The Open Learning network) is researching the way in which Open Educational Resources are produced and used and the influence that they are having on education and collaboration. It is carrying out research projects, offering fellowships and developing tools. In this presentation Patrick McAndrew, the Director of OLnet at The Open University, refects on the priorities and goals that are coming out after one year of OLnet. The presentation builds on the work of the OLnet research team.
Notes from Patrick's presentation - OLnet one year on
(Chris Pegler was due to do SCORE presentation in one slot, but had problems with audio, so Patrick instead did his OLnet talk from this afternoon.)
Open Learning network - a research project, a sister project to SCORE, funded by the Hewlett Foundation. OLnet is looking at research aspect; SCORE is looking at the roll-out to UK Higher Education.
Has been a huge investment by the Hewlett Foundation in kicking off Open Educational Resource (OER) activity. Much less investment in research behind it. SCORE is looking at the practical side. With OLnet, trying to globally research it with Carnegie Mellon University.
Purpose is to establish how research can be supported, linked together, shared, etc. Through research projects, fellowships. Using and developing tools to apply our collective intelligence to understanding this.
Has been a very interesting period for OER, investment through JISC in the UK, even bigger change in US - OER are driving changes to the school and college systems. Before, OER were a mission in themselves - making things open. But now, it's about what we can achieve now we have good resources available for free. iTunesU is an indication of what can happen - vast number of people can access this. How can this catalyse Deeper Learning?
Six areas where there are key issues.
First - how do you design for reuse in this new open world. Big change from a lecture.
Second - building and using tools for us and for others (including Cohere)
Third - accreditaiton vs recognition, changes in the education process. Interesting experiments in OpenLearn. P2PU, DIY U, people coaching themselves through the learning process.
Fourth - Content - has a special role, is an attractors. Huge numbers of people on OpenLearn, iTunesU - can lead through to using that to bring people together to act socially as well as working through the tasks. Reflected directly in to recruitment - OpenLearn has recruited students in a moderately large number - about 13,000.
Fifth - Global initiatives - OER Africa, UK, Netherelands, NZ.
(And I've missed one, I think, sorry.)
This leads in to a series of goals for the project - evidence, design, infrastructure, learning, etc.
Can see a model for how we might move in to other countries, rise of OER stars - OER goes beyond what you might expect in the first place. Culturally-related content is an issue, and a dominance of the cultural 'West'; high-profile name universities - e.g. Oxbridge/Ivy League.
Role as researchers is to provide the evidence, only partly to see what the message is.
Much research activity underway. Looking at an Open Future - McAndrew, Scanlon and Clow paper on Educause.
Patrick: Picking up on international range - Interesting in Brazil that changes to copyright are making a difference. Have an investment in open source already. Makes it important to go beyond boundaries and go beyond comfort zone.
Non: Given the level of suggestiona bout sources do you think we still struggle with finding good quality OERs across these repositories and stores?
Patrick: Companion project called OPAL on quality. Mixed take - can overplay the quality label. Quality in the eye of the reader.
10:08 on 22 June 2010