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OER13 pre-conference tweets

We are now only a few hours from the start of OER13, and I’m feeling quite excited! At the end of OER12, when Jonathan Darby gathered a group of us and suggested that we begin working on OER13 even though there was no official money to do so and we would have to do everything as volunteers, I had my doubts that such a thing could be pulled off. But here we are on the eve of the conference — with a venue, keynotes, presenters, posters, and most of all delegates.

We are hoping to record and make available all presentations. At the same time, we will be blogging on presentations, right here on this blog.

I thought it appropriate to include here the tweets discussing OER13, for a taste of things to come. Follow the link below — and hopefull see you in Nottingham! –Terese Bird, University of Leicester

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OER on staff profiles?

A quick introduction, an inevitable plug for my lightning talk at the conference next week and a question for the community.

So, I am Nick Sheppard, Repository Developer at Leeds Metropolitan University. I also sit on the committee of UKCoRR (UK Council of Research Repositories) and on the Jorum Steering Group. I am particularly interested in potential synergies between Open Access to research and OER (and Open Education more generally) and my lightning talk (at 11.00 am next Wednesday!) is entitled Libraries, OA research and OER: towards symbiosis? (see here for full abstract)

And the question:

Are you aware of examples of OER included on staff profiles at UK HE institutions?

Off the top of my head I am only aware of Bebop at the University of Lincoln* (HumBox also incorporates nice user profiles but that is subject based rather than institutional, not sure about EdShare?)

* “the Bebop plugin has provided a way for staff to publish a curated list of their teaching resources, which can be displayed on their official Staff Directory profile”

It is increasingly important for research staff to have an online profile that lists their research outputs (and ideally links to an accessible version of the full text) so why not OER? Perhaps there are lots of good examples of folk doing this, if you know of any please let me know!

Love is a stranger in an open car… to drive you toward OEP

I would like to encourage you to follow my SCORE colleague Alannah Fitzgerald’s blog covering her TOETOE project in open educational practice (OEP) in the area of English language teaching. Alannah will present at the OER13 conference with the title Stories from the Open Frontier of English Language Education Resources. Her post Love is a stranger discusses what drives people to investigate and begin to use and share open educational resources, and includes her own journey. Having recently seen some new drivers toward OEP in the medical and social work field — the need for hard-to-create video clips of patients coupled with the frustrations of locked-down networks in the public services — I can see the drivers question as a necessary tool for OEP practitioners to get to grips with.
Terese Bird, Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow

Spotlight on Jorum

Jorum is the best-known UK repository of free and open educational resources (OER).  In the run-up to the OER13 conference, I had the chance to ask Jorum team members what they do over at Jorum, and why they are looking forward to the conference:

Paul Madley: I‘ve recently come on board at MIMAS where I’ll be principally developing the public-facing Jorum website, I look forward to working with colleagues from other institutions as we move forward, which is why I’m excited about meeting and talking with people at OER13.

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Joy Hooper, Jorum Business Development Officer: I’ve just joined the Jorum team so this is my first OER conference. I’m looking forward to meeting up with practitioners who are using OERs within the teaching and learning programmes. I’m keen to hear about the highlights and the challenges faced by users and institutions. All the key themes have relevance for me but the third theme, ‘Expectation’, has particular relevance, given my new role. This conference provides an ideal opportunity for me to talk about the new ‘Powered by Jorum’ offerings, which are designed to enable institutions to enhance their own branded, tailored views onto their content in Jorum: in other words, we can help you to create your own OER service.

I’m Jackie Carter, Jorum director and OER13 conference co-chair. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the bridges being built between open communities. The OER community is a vibrant and learned group and OER13 is a great opportunity for us all – including the Jorum team – to reflect on how far we have come, as well as helping us to think about the direction we want to take next.

I am Anja Le Blanc, one of the new additions to Jorum of the last year. I am working as a technical developer on the Jorum repository. Over the last ten years I went to a good number of conferences in a wide diversity of academic fields and I enjoyed the variety of ‘personalities’ each of the conferences provided. I am looking forward to getting to know the OER community at OER13 and to learn and be inspired by their enthusiasm for education.

Siobhán Burke -My role at Jorum is to work with educators and learning technologists who want to use OER content and also help facilitate sharing their own OERs with Jorum. As this is my first OER conference, I am looking forward to meeting face to face with members of the OER community.

I am Sarah Currier, Jorum Service Manager, so I’m responsible for the successful delivery of Jorum’s services. I’m really looking forward to OER13 this year, because we have so much exciting news to share with the OER community. We have a Beta of our fabulous new search and reporting features: you can find OERs more easily, and you can get data about the use of your OERs. And we have developed a range of added value options for institutions and communities that want their own branded, tailored views onto their con tent in Jorum: in other words, we can help create your own OER service to your users, with access to Jorum’s collections included. I would love to talk to folk at OER13 about Jorum’s future, and about what you would like from Jorum. I am also co-presenting a paper on the JLeRN project, so you can also talk to me about paradata: information about the social sharing and usage of OERs.

Ben Ryan:  I am the Jorum Technical Manager responsible for the infrastructure, development and support of the Jorum platform and proto-service.   I am looking forward to discussing the recent Jorum developments and the future direction of features and functionality development and discussing the recent work on user interface and experience.

Terese Bird, Learning Technologist, University of Leicester