Contents – quick links

Blog posts about TOUCANS presentations

iTunes U and the OERu: two different ways of reaching the world –  Higher Education Academy’s ‘Showcase’ event for the SCORE programme. Presentation by Terese Bird and Gabi Witthaus for the theme, ‘Mass models for OERs.

Snog, marry, avoid… Feedback from conference session participants

UK HEIs and the OERu: Snog, Marry, Avoid? Higher Education Academy Conference (Manchester, July 2012.)

The OER university: from vision to reality. OER12 2012 Conference. (Cambridge, April 2012.)

Growing the OERu – a pre-conference workshop at Cambridge 2012. (Cambridge, April 2012.)

The OER university: pushing – and pulling – the boundaries in Higher Education. (Online for Follow the Sun 2012 festival, March 2012.)

Rich sharing at Open Education Week webinars. The Open Education Week webinars hosted by University of Leicester in March 2012.

Open to sharing in higher education – from Leicester to Durban. Durban University of Technology’s E-learning Festival, November 2011.

Blog posts about the research process and findings

UK HEIs and the OERu: Snog, Marry, Avoid? Presentation at the Higher Education Academy’s 2012 Conference in Manchester and discussion of findings from both the interview data and the survey data.

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

The devil is in the detail: All the statements made by respondents from UK HEIs to the last two (optional) survey questions, ‘ What are your views on the OERu concept in the context of Higher Education in the UK?’ and ‘Do you have any further comments?’

Reflecting on the OERu concept: Feedback from members of the OERu network on the interviews and the survey findings that I’ve posted on the blog.

‘Fervent OERu supporters need to soak themselves in a bath of realism.’ Presentation of preliminary findings at the SCORE end-of-fellowship gathering.

What do you think are the key elements that an institution should have in place for successful participation in the OERu? Answers given by survey respondents to the question, ‘What do you think are the key elements that an institution should have in place in order to participate successfully in the OERu or similar initiatives?’

How compatible is your institution with the OERu concept? A 15-minute survey.  The TOUCANS survey aims and link to the survey.

Interviews with UK higher education thought leaders:

‘We need to find a new model of supporting the work of academics.’ David Kernohan (Programme Manager, e-Learning at JISC.)

‘I think the idea of democratising education is the most powerful part of OER.’ (Professor Wyn Morgan, Director of Teaching and Learning, University of Nottingham.)

‘I don’t think it’s about being first; I think it’s about being absolutely sustainable in the long term.’ (Andrew Law, Director of Open Media at the Open University, UK)

‘It feels good to give… but does it feel good to get?’ (Amber Thomas, Programme Manager: Digital Infrastructure at JISC)

‘The big question is: who is going to give the student the qualification and how is that going to be validated?’ (Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford)

‘I look upon this as a playground.’ (Professor Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal, Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer of the University of Edinburgh)

‘The more flexible we are, the worse it is for the students.’ (Dave Hall, Registrar of the University of Leicester)

Interviews with OERu network members: 

‘Don’t underestimate the earthquakes… What would happen if the physical university were no longer available?’ (Herbert Thomas, Electronic Learning Media Team Leader at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.)

‘We’ll be aiming at a self-contained student who is resolutely going to keep persevering…’ (Kevin Bell, ex-Associate Vice President for Learning and Development, College of Online and Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University.)

‘I don’t see the death of the university that some people are going on about.’ (Irwin DeVries, Director of Instructional Design for Thompson Rivers University: Open Learning, Canada.)

We are focused on meeting community needs.’ (Vasi Doncheva, Flexible learning manager at NorthTec Polytechnic in New Zealand.)

‘We need to have a far more efficient system.’ (Wayne Mackintosh, Director of the International Centre for Open Education at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, and Member of the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation.)

Terry Anderson and Rory McGreal speak about Athabasca University and the OERu. (Terry Anderson, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada; Rory McGreal, UNESCO/COL Chairholder in Open Educational Resources, professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University and director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute.)


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