OER1137 Symposium

Friday 13 May 09.30 Breakout Room 6

Symposium Short Papers (4):

  1. "I was a terrestrial being but now I’m a cyber-being": sustaining OER through course design. Caroline Cash & Christina Bunce, University College Falmouth (OER1137a) docx
  2. Is there a dichotomy between individual and institutional engagement with OER? Tom Browne, University of Exeter (OER1137b) doc
  3. Giving it all away or making it together? An emerging political economy for sustainable OER engagement in Higher Education. John Casey, Hywell Davies, Chris Follows, Nancy Turner & Ed Webb-Ingall, University of the Arts London (OER1137c) doc
  4. Web2.0 is the future of OER. Alex Fenlon, HEA Engineering Subject Centre, Loughborough University (OER1137d) doc

The art of sustainable engagement with OERs

Chair: Tom Browne, University of Exeter

Conference Themes: OER strategy and sustainability

Intended audience: Academics, education managers, higher education professionals

Background & rationale: Sustainability of funded OER initiatives is a thorny issue and encompasses a number of understandings and approaches at a range of levels:

Main idea(s) to be explored: This symposium of papers will explore approaches from a number of institutions that have developed OERs through the HEFCE-funded and JISC/HEA-managed projects in both phase 1 (2009-2010) and phase 2 (2010-2011). University of Exeter, HEA Engineering Subject Centre, University of Arts London and University College Falmouth all developed OERs in the first JISC/HEA initiative and are continuing to do so under continuing funding. Having explored issues of sustainability in the first round, the second phase of development allows these institutions to comprehend and design sustainability at the outset, both at a micro level through considerations of platform and networks, but also at macro-level through institutional strategies and sector-wide networks. This symposium will share some of the challenges and resolutions around contested notions of sustainability.

How will discussion be facilitated? Discussion will be facilitated through the use of scenarios and exploration of oppositional views. For example, whether OERs may be viewed as a key marketing tool for institutions or as tools to expand the horizons of learning and research. A series of oppositional statements may be produced, arising from each project context, which will allow delegates to explore their own institutional and disciplinary contexts.

Keywords: sustainability; oer, cpd; interdisciplinary


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Di Savoia, A., (2009) ‘Creating OER for Art, Design, Media and Performance students’ OpenEd 2009 Vancouver

McGill, L., Currier, S., Duncan, C., Doublas, P., (2008) Good Intentions: improving the evidence base in support of sharing learning materials JISC http://ie-repository/jisc.ac.uk/265

 Pegler, C. (2010) How can we achieve sustainability in OER ‘The Leeds Manifesto’ SCORE http://www8.open.ac.uk/score/news/oer-and-sustainability-leeds-manifesto

Rodway-Dyer, S. (2010) OER Evaluation Report University of Exeter