Emporium of Inspiring Ideas
The OEPS team contributed to the finale of the College Development Network’s Emporium of Inspiring Ideas on 17 June. We spoke to college staff about the use of open resources in the curriculum. The OpenScience Laboratory is an initiative of The Open University and The Wolfson Foundation. The online laboratory makes interactive practical science accessible to students anywhere and anytime the Internet is available. The laboratory features more than a hundred investigations based on on-screen instruments, remote access experiments and virtual scenarios using real data. As a project we are particularly interested in how free open resources like Open Science Lab are used in practice in the classroom and in the pedagogy and support that teachers and students require to get the best out of these resources. In 2015 we have a report of a pilot project using the OpenScience Lab resources in Scottish schools.
We discussed the findings of the pilot project and what we’ve learnt more generally about good practice in the use of open resources in specific teaching contexts. The college staff we spoke to were unfamiliar with OpenScience Lab and the use of free openly licensed resources in the classroom. However, there was a lot of enthusiasm for thinking through how this kind of material can be used in college settings. We are looking forward to continuing this discussion at a workshop hosted by the College Development Network in the early autumn.
Pete Cannell – for the OEPS team