OER13 and the open-access landscape

Day 1 of Cambridge 2012 Conference

Day 1 of Cambridge 2012 Conference

Welcome to this first post of OER13: Evidence, Experience, Expectations, the official blog of the OER13 Conference. OER13, as the preceding conferences of this series, seeks to advance the impact of open educational resources and practice both globally and locally in the UK. OER13 will take place at University of Nottingham on 26 and 27th March 2013, and there is still time to book a place.

Looking about at the open-access landscape as OER13 looms before us, it is almost unbelievable to see where we are. Not many foresaw the mushrooming numbers of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) being launched, including some fairly-spectacular MOOC meltdowns. Here in the UK, the Open University along with other universities launched the new FutureLearn MOOC platform just last December. And Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts’ announcement last year that publicly-funded research publication should be openly accessible is seen by some as a threat to academic freedom as much as it likely threatens current publishing models. Against this backdrop, OER13 will seek to examine and discuss the evidence, experience, and expectations of open educational practice in a way that will both enlighten and enable.

If you would like to join in blogging this event — either before or during, even a single post would be great– please reply to this post or tweet @OER13.

Terese Bird, Learning Technologist, University of Leicester

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