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“We need to find a new model of supporting the work of academics.”

July 2, 2012


This is a record of an interview with David Kernohan (Programme Manager, e-Learning at JISC) on his views about the OER university concept. David was speaking in his personal capacity and not in his capacity as a member of JISC, the Higher Education Academy, or HEFCE. Many thanks to David for giving of his time […]

“I think the idea of democratising education is the most powerful part of OER.”

July 2, 2012


This is a record of an interview held with Professor Wyn Morgan, Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Nottingham, who spoke to me in his personal capacity about the OER university. Many thanks to Wyn for giving of his time and knowledge for this research. GW: What I’m aiming to do in […]

“I don’t think it’s about being first; I think it’s about being absolutely sustainable in the long term.”

June 26, 2012


This post is a record of a verbal interview with Andrew Law, Director of Open Media at the Open University in the UK, about his views on the OER university (OERu) concept. Although there has been much discussion about the OERu initiative at the OU, the purpose of the interview was for Andrew to share his […]

“Fervent OERu supporters need to soak themselves in a bath of realism.”

June 8, 2012


Last Thursday I gave my “end-of-SCORE-fellowship” presentation to a group of other SCORE fellows at the Open University. It was a bit premature, because I had only just received all the survey data (42 respondentsfrom UK HEIs  – thank you to everyone who participated) and was still in the process of gathering data via the […]

“It feels good to give… but does it feel good to get?”

June 1, 2012


Continuing the strand of interviews with thought leaders in Higher Education in the UK, this post contains the highlights from an interview I had earlier this month with Amber Thomas, who is Programme Manager, Digital Infrastructure at JISC. Many thanks to Amber for her time and input into this research. GW: This is a very […]

The big question is: who is going to give the student the qualification and how is that going to be validated?

May 29, 2012


Last week I interviewed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Professor Martin Hall,  about his views on the OER university concept. This blog post contains a lightly edited transcript of the conversation. For entertainment value, I’ve included the bits where Martin turned the tables and started interviewing me… (By the way, I’m not sure […]

“I look upon this as a playground.”

May 27, 2012


This blog post contains the transcript from an interview I held with Professor Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal, Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer of the University of Edinburgh. Jeff is leading the University of Edinburgh’s participation in a European initiative called OERTest, which is testing the feasibility of OER course certification, and so I was eager […]