Archive for April, 2010
Just completed a very interesting project for the JISC/HEA, releasing existing teaching materials provided by academics from a consortium of Universities as Engineering Open Educational Resources (OERs). The OERs are free to re-purpose by anybody meaning the project could always potentially be a minefield, yet in went extremely well, thanks in no small part to the core project team. A few key observations below:
OER requires…those involved to take a non-traditional view of what ownership means, but teaching materials are only one part of the educating process. The extra knowledge, wisdom, insights, anecdotes and teaching skill remain with the creator.
The web…the emphasis has swung away from “how do I do it?” to “What can I do with it?” This will require that things are done properly under the gaze of an ever greater audience. The web services and sites employed in this project are proven and well established and therefore appealing to students and academics familiar with utilising the Internet as part of their learning and teaching.
IPR (Ownership, Copyright etc.)…is so often dangerously misunderstood by most people. Challenging the orthodoxy of “light-touch” must be done carefully and tactfully.
Embracing web technology…it is critical that UK higher education is ahead of the expectations of those it serves to remain viable and world-leading. The project handled these issues and delivered against these benchmarks. (more…)