OER1111 Oral Presentation ppt

Friday 13 May 09.30 Breakout Room 4/4a

The School-Based Approach to OER Publication

Steve Stapleton & Andy Beggan, University of Nottingham

Conference Theme: OER strategy and sustainability

Abstract: BERLiN was a twelve-month project funded by JISC and the Higher Education Academy as part of phase 1 of the UK Open Educational Resource (OER) programme. BERLiN ended in April 2010 successfully meeting its objectives to publish 360 credits of the University of Nottingham's teaching material as OER and to investigate the issues faced by higher education institutions when doing so. BERLiN evolved into the Open Nottingham project, which is centrally funded under Nottingham's teaching and learning strategy. During BERLiN much of the published content was provided by individual academics. One of the first activities implemented under the Open Nottingham banner was the establishment of a more systematic school-based approach to OER.
The school-based approach is designed to tap into a comprehensive and regenerative source of content to embed long term sustainable practices in the publication of OER. It involves engaging with schools to publish a significant amount of their content in the form of module handbooks. This allows a view of a school's activities to be made available to the world and provides a framework by which more detailed resource offerings can be added later. Module handbooks provide information useful to both learners and academics and because of that cross-over make for powerful open resources. They support informal learners and for other academics they provide the core information needed to understand how a module is delivered. The openly-published handbooks are available for inclusion in the undergraduate on-line prospectus. This is helping to integrate OER with emerging strategies and desires to better inform prospective students about the Nottingham teaching and learning experience at a time when it is becoming more important to do so. It is also allowing for opportunities to measure the impact of OER as a promotional tool. This presentation provides an overview of the school-based approach to OER and outlines how the strategy resulted in the widespread involvement by schools across the university. It also examines the module handbook approach to OER and outlines how the approach has laid the foundations for sustainable OER publication at the University of Nottingham.

Keywords: ukoer; oer; open nottingham; sustainability; oer publication; oer use; oer reuse; module handbooks; school-based approach to oer