Certification of Open Learning – a workshop with OERTest colleagues at EFQUEL

September 5, 2012

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Updated 6 Sept 2012 I’m in Granada, at the invitation of the OERtest consortium, and participated in the workshop ‘Certification of open learning: Up-to-date practice and a future vision‘ this morning. One of the workshop facilitators was Jeff Haywood (University of Edinburgh), who I interviewed earlier this year as part of the TOUCANS research project. I’ll […]

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SCORE fellowship final report and reflections that may be of interest to OERu network members

July 18, 2012

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I have submitted my final report for the SCORE project to the funders. The report included the following reflections that I thought would be of interest to OERu network members: Almost a third of the survey respondents in the UK said they did not know whether their institution was a member of the OERu network or […]

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Snog, marry, avoid… Feedback from conference session participants

July 13, 2012

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The HEA used an interesting technology for the capturing of feedback on sessions at their 2012 annual conference – feedback was written by participants on ‘electric paper‘. Thirteen of the participants who attended the presentation I gave with my colleague, Ale Armellini, ‘UK HEIs and the OERu: Snog, Marry, Avoid?’ filled it in, and this […]

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iTunes U and the OERu: two different ways of reaching the world

July 13, 2012

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On Wednesday, Terese Bird (my colleague on the SPIDER project) and I gave a presentation at the Higher Education Academy’s ‘Showcase’ event for the SCORE programme. We were grouped together under the ‘Mass models for OERs’ theme, and we had some fun trying to find the connections and synchronicities between iTunes U and the OERu. […]

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We can’t talk about publicly funded research in the UK any more

July 8, 2012

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One of the research participants in the TOUCANS project recently commented that, since English university students are now covering  the full cost of their tuition by paying fees of up to £9,000 (as opposed to previously where they paid around a third of that and the state subsidised the rest), it is no longer true […]

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What are the main obstacles or challenges that you have encountered in attempting to implement OER initiatives at your institution?

July 7, 2012

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One of the questions in the TOUCANS survey was ‘What are the main obstacles or challenges that you have encountered in attempting to implement OER initiatives at your institution?’ In this post I share the answers given by respondents to this question. Getting staff to embed open practices as part of daily workflows. It’s more […]

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UK HEIs and the OERu: Snog, Marry, Avoid?

July 7, 2012

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Last week I gave a presentation at the Higher Education Academy’s 2012 Conference in Manchester, entitled ‘UK Higher Education Institutions and the OER university: Snog, Marry, Avoid?’ My colleague and TOUCANS data ‘reality checker’, Ale Armellini, co-presented with me and gave his take on the findings. UK HEIs and the OERu: Snog, Marry, Avoid? View […]

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