Engineering a Lo-Carbon Future: A dynamic Collection of Open Educational Resources.
I have received a letter confirming funding for the one year “Open Educational Resources for Engineering a Lo-Carbon Future” project.
This one year project will form a static and a linked dynamic collection of Open Educational Resources relating to Lo-Carbon Engineering practices. Sources will be selected by experts to ensure a fresh, dynamic source of current and new materials as they become available.
This project will run from August 2010 for 1 year and will investigate and surface open educational resources currently in use over a range of engineering and related subjects supporting the crucial issue of sustaining a low carbon economy. Resources selected will include technical and non-technical teaching materials as well as guidance on incorporating low carbon practice into existing teaching courses in academia and industry. Subjects will include, but are not limited to, energy efficiency, sustainable development, renewable energy technology, waste minimisation, human issues and social responsibility, product lifecycle, total cost of ownership and recycling. Guidance materials will include re-skilling the existing workforce, low carbon transition for business and education, ethics and embedding sustainability into the curriculum.
The project will involve the creation of an Internet based collection on the Engineering Subject Centre’s web site incorporating a foundation of existing linked resources enhanced by a dynamic search system that by employing real-time data interchange techniques will allow the aggregation of related resources from online services, ensuring the collection remains up-to-date and connected to the broader community of practice. Other dynamic references to data will be aggregated relating to relevant news and events. The project will seek to make the best use of “web 2.0” services such as YouTube, Delicious, Flickr etc. and support open standards.
The work will be undertaken at Loughborough University, which has a world class reputation for excellence in Engineering, Materials Science and Environmental Engineering. Also based at Loughborough is the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre (EngSC), where the development work for the project will be done and the dissemination of outputs via the Centre to the whole of the UK through established channels and practices.
As well as drawing together material the collection will provide re-syndication services such as remote embedding of search facilities using established technologies such as RSS to raise awareness. Partnerships with resource hosts will be developed to enable, protect or enhance dynamic linkages.
Expertise gained during Open Engineering Resources Pilot (OERP) Project under Phase 1 of the OER programme relating to proof of concept technical real-time resource surfacing, copyright and Intellectual Property Right (IPR) work will underpin this project. The Engineering Subject Centre will use its well established networks and strong links with the professional bodies to ensure that the project will have the maximum impact and benefit for students, teachers and other potential users of OER. The project will also capture and openly release guidance regarding any new technical, logistical and legal processes encountered in the course of the project. Findings will be disseminated via the JorumOPEN Repository and addition, where appropriate,
guidance documentation will be disseminated via other services such as the JISC InnovationBase
he focus is on making a collection of low-carbon related engineering resources available but the project is a technical one as this collection will consist of dynamic links to existing OERs. Materials research and the surfacing of existing OER collections being the other important ingredient.