OEPS at Opened15 – the Impact of Open
by Anna Page (OEPS project)
The annual OpenEdConference, this year with the title “The Impact of Open” is taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada on 18-20 November 2015. The OEPS project is presenting under the theme “Designing and using open pedagogies that leverage the 5R permissions of OER”, with the following title and abstract:
Supporting organisations adopt open education practices (OEP) via cross-sector partnerships to enable the design and use of open materials is the purpose of the Opening Educational Practices in Scotland project (OEPS). It builds on previous experiences of collaborative partnership working (Macintyre, 2013, Cannell & Macintyre, 2013). Although Open Educational Resources (OER) could be transformative and widen access to higher education (D’Antoni, 2013) this promise hasn’t been widely realised, with many unaware of the potential benefits of OER and most MOOC users already HE qualified (Edinburgh University, 2013). OEPS endorses the Open Scotland Declaration (http://declaration.openscot.net/) which encourages organisations, teachers and learners to adopt OER.
OEPS is extending the 5Rs of OER (Wiley, 2014) to the wider sector of HE, FE and beyond via partnerships between HE learning design professionals and Scottish organisations with specialist expertise to share but no pedagogic knowledge to create robust OER. It does this via a growing peer support network, workshops, pilot schemes and an online hub for sharing good practice. This supports OER and OEP concept exploration and the extent to which organisations feel able to share resources they develop for the benefit of communities of learners.
OEPS is facilitating more development of OpenLearn Works where users can share OER so learners can retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute resources at any time. The platform encourages users to share all resources via a CC BY NC SA licence at the very least. It also supports badged open courses.
This presentation focusses on some of the collaborative partnership-created OER exemplars, some using badging, issues raised during creation, and the first 3 months use of the Opening Educational Practices hub.
Cannell, Pete and Macintyre, Ronald (2013). Reflections on work and learning and flexible curriculum. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, 11-13 June 2013, Glasgow, UK, pp. 4–12. http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38321
D’Antoni, S. (2013) ‘Open Educational Resources: Access to Knowledge – A Personal Reflection’ in McGreal, R., Kinuthia, W. and Marshall, S. (eds) (2013) Open Educational Resources: Innovation, Research and Practice. Vancouver: The Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University https://oerknowledgecloud.org/sites/oerknowledgecloud.org/files/pub_PS_OER-IRP_web.pdf#page=153
Edinburgh University (2013) MOOCs @ Edinburgh 2013 Report http://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/6683
Macintyre, Ronald (2013). Openness and practice: innovations through openness in partnership. In: International Enhancement Themes Conference: Enhancement and Innovation in Education, 11-13 June 2013, Glasgow, UK, pp. 90–96. http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38320
Wiley, D (2014) ‘The Access Compromise and the 5th R’, on Iterating toward openness (5 March 2014) http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3221
The slides can be viewed at http://www.slideshare.net/OEPScotland/oeps-presentation-at-opened15-designing-and-using-open-pedagogies-for-the-5rs-the-opening-educational-practices-in-scotland-experience