What was the project about?

The ChemistryFM project was funded under the HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme. The project released all educational resources used in Year 1 "Introductory Chemistry for Forensic Science" (total of 30 credits). The course is designed to cover all the major areas of chemistry (inorganic, organic and physical).

The 12 month project was led by the Centre for Educational Research and Development, working with colleagues from the Department of Forensic and Biomedical Sciences, Lincoln School of Journalism, Lincoln Business School and Siren FM.

Why did we undertake the project?

The university recognises the potential that free and unfettered access to educational resources offers to the local and wider community and welcomed the opportunity to examine how technology and an emerging legal framework can promote creativity and the sustainability of the open educational resources we produce. Our interest in OER is set within a broader framework of debates about pedagogic innovation and the role and nature of universities in the 21st century.

What did the project achieve?

In 2008, through internal, competitive bidding, the Centre for Educational Research and Development funded the production of high quality, student-produced videos, which help explain difficult concepts using a mixture of animation and live action. Due to interest from other institutions, the videos are now available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licence. The ChemistryFM project extended this approach to all resources for this course. In addition, we worked with Siren FM, a campus-based community radio station, employing their recording and broadcasting expertise to develop additional multimedia resources with students and apply current online broadcasting methods to the creation and delivery of these materials. All resources have been made available through our JISC-funded Institutional Repository, third-party Web 2.0 services and via a dedicated website. By employing both students and a campus-based enterprise, we tried to demonstrate a sustainable and innovative approach to the development and dissemination of OERs.

When did the project take place?

April 2009 - May 2010.

What did the project cost?

  • Total project cost: £48,183.92
  • Funding received: £17,920.60

Where can I find more information?