OER for quality: a staff dev perspective

We (Bath) have had Ale and Gabi from University of Leicester visiting for the last few days as part of the OSTRICH project. A recurring message through out the sessions is a OER is good for quality assurance. The rationale being if resources are going to be made available for all through an institutionally branded repository they’ll need to accommodate current best practice in terms of accessibility, usability and IPR/Copyright, and as they are the “shop window” for the world they’ll also need to demonstrate good educational design.

I’d suggest from an educational perspective, the second point, around good educational design is really important as a strong vehicle for enhancing our staff development programme. As illustrated below, the current staff development programme (at Bath and others) has a strong emphasis in the low impact, awareness raising area. We strive to make this highly searchable, so we can release resources (e-learning people) to focus on more one to ones. However, we have a problem with the higher value added activities (1-2-1s, PGCAPP, external qualifications), which is one of scaleability, and sustainability. We know it is more effective, however, we’ve not the resources to sustain this initiative. This is further compounded by few staff being motivated to active engage. See

However, the OER approach is a really good opportunity for our staff development programme to contact through an authentic activity which staff are motivated to participate in. For instance, we are using a version of the CORRE model, which is devolved and focused on iterative design …

The emphasis of this model is the OER Manager, and/or e-Learning Development Officer works with the academics to develop the OER resource. As part of this process they’ll engage with the academics around the learning design aspects. Introducing them to current best practice and challenging their ideas. This will act as a very effective staff development tool.

Within this devolved CORRE model there are a number of key stakeholders;

OER development team – local

  • Academic(s)
  • Student(s)
  • e-learning Development Officer (local)

OER development team – dispersed

  • OER Manager
  • e-learning Development Officers (central team)
  • IPR Team & Copyright Teams
  • Library – Copyright Development

This second (wider) team will be brought in when required by the e-Learning Development Officer (local) and/or the OER Manager. For instance, if converting existing material there maybe some need to explore copyright ownership of the material. In terms of directing the academic(s) to appropriate support networks (Library) or advise (Copyright Team). Alternatively, if developing there maybe assistance needed in finding appropriate creative commons licensed images etc.,

They will also maintain the OER metadata process and documentation for the resource. For instance, ensure all the documents and complete, and liaise with the OER Manager to ensure they’ve been signed off.

The responsibilities of the local e-Learning Development Officer will be to help promote OER within the Dept / Faculty, help identify potential contributors and work with people to create them.

The local e-learning Development Officer will also coordinate any required technical training for academics in terms of software packages. The intention is not for them to build / convert resources, however, they may need to work with the wider e-learning Team to ensure this happens.

Also, as the OER progresses the local e-Learning Development Officer will start to work with the OER Manager about further requirements, including validation procedures for uploading material to the OER repository.

How will this work in practice at Bath for this project?

D4LLL

OER development team – local (D4LLL)

  • Academic(s)
  • Student(s)
  • e-learning Development Officer (local): Marie Salter & Julian Prior

OER development team – dispersed

  • OER Manager: Vic Jenkins
  • e-learning Development Officers (central team): Nitin Parmar
  • IPR Team: Kerena
  • Copyright Teams:
  • Library – Copyright Development

PGCAPP

OER development team – local (PGCAPP Unit 6)

  • Academic(s): Geraldine Jones
  • Student(s)
  • e-learning Development Officer (local): Geraldine Jones

OER development team – dispersed

  • OER Manager: Vic Jenkins
  • e-learning Development Officers (central team): Vic Jenkins, Julian Prior & Nitin Parmar
  • IPR Team: Kerena
  • Copyright Teams:
  • Library – Copyright Development

e-learning Materials

OER development team – local (e-learning material)

  • Academic(s): Vic Jenkins, Lisa McIver, Nitin Parmar, Julian Prior, Geraldine Jones
  • Student(s)
  • e-learning Development Officer (local): Vic Jenkins, Lisa McIver, Nitin Parmar, Julian Prior, Geraldine Jones
  • Coordinated by: Vic Jenkins & Head of e-Learning

OER development team – dispersed

  • OER Manager: Vic Jenkins
  • e-learning Development Officers (central team): Vic Jenkins, Lisa McIver, Nitin Parmar, Julian Prior, Geraldine Jones
  • IPR Team: Kerena
  • Copyright Teams:
  • Library – Copyright Development

 

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One comment

  1. Pat

    I read somewhere recently that Open source is effectively peer reviewing, and that good open source is adopted because a successful use of it is a citation.

    Perhaps there is scope for something similar with OER?

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