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Just coming to the end of OER10 [] and so much coming out of the discussion there that confirms what I have been thinking, extends that thinking, and gives me things to take away and mull over. I am really heartened by the shifting of emphasis towards considering how we can engage users – students and also educators. Some really interesting conversations in the Tuesday lunch session led by Helen Beetham. These brought together experiences from Tom Browne (OpenExeter) on exposing new academic staff to OER. New staff have a need for resources and are developing their teaching practice. A great opportunity to influence and guide impressions of oER, and support staff in having a very positive starting out in using these in practice. Peter Hartley (Bradford), Paul Batholomew (BCU) and I worked on a proposal to reach this group and influence OER use in 2009. It wasn’t funded, but we’ve remained convinced that it was a good idea and Tom has now tested this approach and reinvigorated our interest. [More …]


It’s 15th March 2010 and the Higher Education Shared Solutions programme is about to launch. Those that can’t be there can see it all on Stadium (either as webcast or as replay). Shared Solutions is home to three projects – this is not only about SCORE, but about the OU working on a range of projects to benefit the sector. Working with these projects over the past three months, has brought home to me how OER can influence and be influenced by higher education in a broad sense. How intra-institutional and cross-functional conversations about OER in higher education can be really illuminating.  (Read full item …)

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