DIAL at Cambridge 2012 OER12

Embed, don’t Bolt-on: promoting OER use in UK universities (full recording of panel session)

Summary: Academic staff needs support in using OER. Five panelists share their institutional approaches.


Joanna Wild, University of Oxford, UK
Terese Bird University of Leicester UK
Melissa Highton University of Oxford UK
Andy Lane, The Open University, UK
Chris Follows, University of Arts London, UK
Richard Windle, University of Nottingham, UK
Moderator: Joanna Wild, University of Oxford, UK

UK Conference Theme: Innovation

See full video here http://presentations.ocwconsortium.org/uk2012_328_promoting_oer/

Abstract: Findings from the recently published report on the JISC-commissioned OER impact study highlighted the need to support academic staff in use and reuse of openly licensed resources (Masterman&Wild, 2011). One of the recommendations for improving services to staff and students encourages institutions to “capitalise on existing professional development activities in order to foster a voluntary culture of sharing and reuse.” Numerous practices have emerged in this area, all sharing the same aim – to increase engagement with and use of OER within institutions – but differing in the approach to achieve this goal. These practices, however, are still isolated cases rather than mainstream practice in UK HE institutions. This panel brings together SCORE fellows coming from five UK Higher Education Institutions that took different approaches to address the challenge of promoting academics’ engagement with sharing and use of OER. The panel will contribute towards building an understanding of:

Which main approaches do institutions take to promote the use of OER? What motivates their choices? What are the main challenges to overcome? What accounts for a successful practice to promote engagement with OER in different institutional contexts? The statements of the panel experts will be structured around the following questions:

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