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About: Research Fellow at the English Language Centre, Durham University
Teaching Fellow with the Support Centre for Open Resources in Education, The Open University

Project leader of the TOETOE project (Technology for Open Education - Training with Open E-resources) for developing Open Educational Resources in training English language teachers how to exploit language corpora, including those derived from openContent and openAccess publications, in language teaching and learning.

Conference role Delegate who is presenting

Professional role research fellow, teaching fellow, doctoral student

Organisation, if you have one Durham University

Will ALT-C 2011 be your first ALT conference? No

18 September 2011

Enhancing Synergies (Workshop 0194) - Thanks, Bex, it was great having you there. Feel free to contact us at any time for more OER fun!

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Enhancing Synergies (Workshop 0194) - Managing OER barriers (notes digest by Therese Bird) Search: New lecturers may not necessarily know that they’re looking for OER, just free stuff that could help with developing resources for teaching. Focus on where to find useful OER and how to develop best practice around this. Perhaps a Continuing Professional Development coffee morning at the beginning of term(s) to familiarise staff with what’s new in OER and how to develop the search skills to know what’s out there and how to tap into it. If we just Google for resources what comes up – itunesU and youtube and slideshare. How difficult teaching practitioners find using JORUM and many haven’t even heard of it. Teaching staff are only willing to search for a limited amount of time before they give up. OER search engines – Xpert, OER recommender, OER commons, OER glue Searching by discipline – the Humbox Reuse: The open attribute tools that come with Xpert and on the Creative Commons website that automatically assign creative commons attribution to an OER that you have selected to be used in your resources for teaching and learning – saves a lot of time and acts as a benchmark for how to attribute. How easy is it to tweak OER? OER that are not CC-d that have come from the time of the Learning Object Repository movement e.g. the NASA site with many resources that were designed specifically to be taken up by the learning and teaching community but are not licensed with CC but most likely would have been assigned such licenses from the CC suite had they been developed more recently. Leading to our next question, of how can we locate ‘kosher’ OER that we know is totally safe to use? INTUTE JISC project is still referred and used with high recommendation even though the funding got pulled. Quality: Proven – we felt it didn’t matter because who uses it and how it’s used takes on so many variables Do OER need to be research-based and properly referenced? What!!?? Students just consume – it doesn’t matter to them if it’s really legit but it does matter to us, no? Social currency – listening to good podcasts from reputable academics is like listening to radio 4, they give you something to think about and share with friends/colleagues as well as leads to look into the subject areas in more depth. Would an academic hesitate to use/recommend a rival university’s lecture? Not true. Some academics may be concerned about what the students think. Students have mixed opinions – they want to ensure that they will get f2f time with a great academic Teachers like stuff they can’t produce themselves and is often more appealing – html, flash etc. Beyond text area – multimedia & Flash thing, good diagrams Granularity – the smaller or more defined, the easier to use, rather than open courseware. We like Chris Peglar’s Reuse cards ☺ which can be downloaded for free at Try using them with your colleagues!! ------------------------------------------------------- OER and Creative Commons / Copyright (notes digest by Joe Wilson) Just spent some useful time in a workshop with lots of colleagues looking at some of the challenges around the adoption of Open Educational Practices. Here is wee list we came up with 1. Generally legal issues around publishing in open way are not recognised by institutions or individuals 2. There are issues around current employment contracts - not clear to individuals or institutions around IP rights. Simple things like what happens when an academic leaves or moves to another institution. 3. Some practice that are ok in classroom under fair dealing or other institutional licences are not ok if works are published on openly - few institutions have specific copyright checker 4. Human factor too - institutions and individuals may not have an appetite for sharing - job fears, quality fears , and also concerns around or repurposing materials not invented in the institution. 5. Not enough knowledge about things like Creative Commons and other licence policies 6. Not enough information on best formats for publication of OER - things like EPub format not well understood 7. On using other peoples OER even under creative commons concern around attribution of derivative works 8. On specific things like images where meta data can be important you may want to share image but be concerned about licence of meta data 9. Good practice identified in Holland and Denmark where academics are mandated to publish to Open Educational Journals.

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