What is this project about?

Higher education is engaging with the wider online culture of open content and seeking to promote the sharing of Open Educational Resources (OER) both by individuals and as a whole institutional approach. Raising awareness of the location and management of OER will be key to embedding the philosophy and practice of OER practice across the University of Lincoln in this HEA/JISC funded project (?50,000) which also involves participation in a HEA Change Academy Programme. The six teams involved in this project will be addressing the advantages of OER and how using and repurposing OER can support different aspects of the student experience.

Why are we undertaking the project?

Integral to all six projects will be attention to appropriate digital literacies for staff and students and the promotion of inclusive practice with digital content. Teams will be working alongside the Change Academy to develop ways in which adoption of OER can be promoted strategically and sustainably at an institutional level.

What will the project achieve?

Team One

This team will explore and develop the use of OER to support transition into Higher Education through the provision of resources prior to arrival at University. These will stay available during induction and extend into the first year to help students adapt to the requirements of academic study. The aim is to develop greater understanding of the learning development needs of new students, the range of existing OERs and the tools currently available to produce them, and to repurpose or develop OERs to meet the specific needs across a range of disciplines. Resources will be designed to be customisable, for embedding within a disciplinary context as a whole institution approach.

Team Two

Reflection and critical thinking are key to the higher education experience but can pose challenges for new students unaccustomed to examining their own their own learning experiences. The team contains members from a number of different Health and Social Care awards who will be pooling their expertise to investigate how OER can support the processes of critical reflective practice at an early stage in the student learning experience.

Team Three

Staff within the School of Social Sciences (Politics, International Relations, Criminology, Social Policy and Social Science) are not particularly aware of OER?s and as a result they are seldom used within the School to impact on student learning. The Criminology in the Professions module has developed a number of resources including a DVD production, podcasts and other useful materials, that might be of value to other courses internally and externally to the university, so it would be useful to investigate how these could be turned into effective OER?s and how these could then best be disseminated through open source environments. Apart from this, all students have to produce materials relating to their own future ?career? development after graduation, as well as producing teaching materials for a seminar that they lead in small groups related to one of a number of practitioner talks. It is thought that some of these materials might have the potential to be developed into useful OER?s.

Team Four

This project will look at how open educational resources can support students, practice educators, mentors and university educators on professional programmes in health and social care. The open educational resources will need to address guidance on what is required to build an e-portfolio, reflective writing for professional development and learning in practice, the use of knowledge and evidence in professional practice and critical, analytical writing and ways to draw on and learn from service user?s evaluations of individual practice. Working alongside experts from the HEA Change Academy, the project will look for ways to embed the use of open educational resources to support e-portfolio building and sharing across the university.

Team Five

PGCE students have the unique position of being both staff and students and thus have the potential for a dual perspective on embedding OER into their practice. This project will address the differences between virtual face to face teaching and learning and investigate how OER can support staff to establish interaction with online content, manage online collaboration and moderate online discussions. The team will explore the use of OER alongside participation in the Change Academy programme where they will seek ways to promote the use of OER as a whole institution strategy. Surfacing and supporting the appropriate digital literacies for both staff and students will be integral to this project as will raising awareness of inclusive practise with digital resources for teaching and learning.

Team Six

Project Six aims to support the other five Lincoln OER teams by developing and distributing useful resources on discovering and adapting open resources for local use and on incorporating open licenses. In addition the team will consider what institutional, national and international repositories will be suitable for resources produced by the project and provide guidance on appropriate granularity and metadata when submitting to those repositories. Finally the project will advise resource authors on using the most effective ways of using existing institutional resources to link their content to their staff profile, or to create a new profile, using appropriate and already available tools.

When is the project taking place?

1 November 2011 ? 31 October 2012

What does the project cost?

?50,000 funding received (total project cost ?86,474.80)

Where can I find more information?

Project website