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Open resources and problem solving: SCORE Microsites: Open Resources for Research Students and Digital Scholars -- 233 -- Short (oral) Paper


09:00 - 10:00 on Thursday, 13 September 2012 in 2.218

Supported by the HEFCE-funded Support Centre for Open Resources in Education (SCORE) initiative, the Open University has been working together with the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester and Leicester to create two web portals to open educational resources (OER) which address the self-study needs of individuals planning on, or thinking of, coming to the UK to undertake a post-graduate research degree, and undergraduate students within the UK seeking to enhance their capacity to engage in digital scholarship.

In this presentation we will explain our approach as we assembled links to approximately 200 hours of self-study material that is openly available online under a creative commons, or similar, licence. We will examine the discoverability of OER and OER channels/repositories and discuss how we have dealt with issues concerning open access, metadata, aggregating resources in a consistent and meaningful way, and the difficulty of finding OER that are geared toward students and not teachers. Finally we will briefly present the two websites we have designed -www.readytoresearch.ac.uk and www.digitalscholar.ac.uk.

This presentation will illustrate the current state of OER provision in higher education, and communicate ideas and stimulate discussion about the efficacy of this framework for sharing knowledge and resources. It is likely to be of importance to conference participants with an interest in open practices and lifelong learning.



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