From OER to OEP – OEPS at OER17
Following hot on the heels of the OE Global conference in Cape Town is the OER17 conference in London. This year the conference theme is ‘The Politics of Open’.
OEPS has two presentations in the same parallel session period in different rooms. One is by Ronald Macintyre and Pete Cannell (presented by Ronald) called ‘Mind the Gap: Structural Holes, Open Educational Practices and the Third Sector’. The other OEPS by Anna Page is called ‘From OER to OEP – enabling open educational practices via platform development and open course building exemplars’. OEPS researchers, Beck and Bea are also presenting on Wednesday in a later session. They are presenting on ‘Exploring international open educational practices’. There is also a presentation from Gill Ryan from the Open University in Scotland (where OEPS is hosted). Her presentation is called ‘Open Learning Champions: a model for widening participation’.
While Ronald will explore the OEPS experiences of working with different partners to develop small badged open courses with third sector organisations and curating learning journeys, Anna will talk about the work OEPS has been doing to further develop the platform on which those courses are being hosted. Specifically, she will focus on the evolution and use of OU Labspace / OpenLearn Works which was relaunched as OpenLearn Create in January 2017 as an online platform for hosting OER by anyone. She will examine the improvements and developments which the OEPS project identified for the platform and collaborative course production. She will also briefly discuss the extent to which collaborative open educational practices promoted by OEPS in these exemplar courses are helping to change cultures in both education and third sector organisations who are exploring OER as a means for wider participation in their subject expertise. Beck and Bea (along with their colleagues from the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University) will examine the meaning of OEP in three stages:
- Review examples of OEP in the Scottish context.
- Recontextualise these examples and examine them within the international context, through the use of exemplar case studies from around the world.
- Present an emerging framework of open practice based on their research to date.
In doing this they aim to further develop a definition of OEP through a systematic analysis of international open practices.
The abstracts for the presentations can be viewed online at the OER17 conference website:
Slides for the presentations are on Slideshare: