Thursday, June 25, 2009

"These resources are OER" "Oh ER they?"*

The JISC-funded OER programme of projects have finally been launched: and anyone interested in issues surround sharing learning material really should be following these projects closely.

Follow this link to see a list of the projects being funded: I spoke to Sarah Hall (very briefly) about OpenStaffs at Staffordshire University and I will watch the progress of the projects with interest. The Social Sciences department here at Birmingham are running one of the projects so it will be good to see how it goes.

The outcomes of these projects will be crucial in influencing how other UK HEIs begin to open up their content and share it with others. I will post soon about a talk I gave on Tuesday at an internal eLearning event and issues around sharing (including the adoption of standards and peer review of material) cropped up again.

*Very poor Rushmore-related joke:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SOLSTICE Seminar: Creating and Sharing Digital Content

SOLSTICE Seminar Series:
Creating and Sharing Digital Content: Promises and Pitfalls
Thursday 16th July, 10am - 3.45pm
Venue: Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
Creating the conditions for institutions to develop high quality content for use, reuse and open sharing is high on the agenda for UK Policy and funding bodies.
New institutional practices are required to support environments to mainstream and sustain use, reuse and open sharing of digital content.
Individual practitioners must also aquire new skills and strategies to realise the potential of open educational resources (OER).
This seminar will bring together who are currently working through all or some of these issues.
Melissa Highton, Head of the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University. Melissa is heading up the Open Spires Project funded under the recent JISC OER Call Open Spires focuses on supporting strategic institutional learning and encouraging cultural change.
The RLO CETL was established in 2005 and will be making all of its content freely available in the new Open Jorum.

If you require any further details please contact Amanda Boult at