OER10 Conference, Clare College, Cambridge University

Photos taken at the OER10 Conference (Open Educational Resources) at Clare College, Cambridge UK – 22nd -24th March 2010

Making Education Meet the Challenge: Going Global 4

British Council – Going Global 4 – International Education Conference

Where? Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
From Thu 25th Mar 2010 to Fri 26th Mar 2010

Going Global 4, an international education conference sponsored by the British Council, highlights some key issues:

  • How does the recession and consequent growing isolation of countries affect the global mobility of staff and students, and what should they do?
  • Is the vision of a truly international educational system under threat?

To see a replay of the key notes visit Policy Review TV .

SCORE : Support Centre for Open Resources in Education

OER 10, Cambridge, UK

Live blogging, 24th March, 12:00

Talk by Chris Pegler

SCORE is an OER project led by the Open University (OU) UK. The OU has a national role in disseminating OER.

SCORE builds on the OpenLearn initiative. SCORE aims to increase sector capacity for effective OER creation and use, moving away from a supply-led approach. SCORE builds on the OU existing relationships, which are various, at an international level, such as : TESSA, OLnet, iSpot etc.

Key SCORE deliverables are:

  • 36 fellowship projects
  • 3600 hrs of OER reflecting sector needs
  • 18 engagement/dissemination events
  • enquiry-based support and advice service
  • ‘vibrant’ web 2.0-based virtual community

For more info on SCORE:  http://www.open.ac.uk/score/

Email: score@open.ac.uk

Opencast UK – Broadcasting via Matterhorn

Live blogging, 24th March, 10:30 AM

Presentation by Bjorn HaBler

Matterhorn basecamp

Bjorn starts by saying that Opencast as a community converts on a number of different projects, of which Matterhorn is one of them. It is an opensource data capture tool. It captures lectures, processes and distributes them in various media such as YouTube EDU. MH (Matterhorn) is also a management system that interfaces for searching videos, subscribing to RSS feeds, provides basic media annotation and allows for viewing close captions.

More info @:


Towards a Network of Content and Curriculum: Interoperability of OER Projects

Workshop facilitated by Brandon Muramatsu and Jeff Merriman

OER10 Conference, Cambridge

Image credit: slowmuse.files

Live blogging: 1:30PM

OER Reuse

Jeff started by defining interoperability as ” … the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged”. However, their preferred definition is ” a measure of the ease of integration between two systems or software components to achieve a functional goal”.

Brandon and Jeff argue that interoperability is not just about passing information. A highly interoperable integration is one that can allows the user to do the things that are aimed to be achieved.

There are many applications and many OERs. Multiple repositories and VLEs. The aim is to define an integration goal, one-to-many and many-to-many , particularly for non-technical people.

The India Institute for Human Settlement is a new MIT initiative in India and is thinking of ways to be able to change easily and cheaper to better and most up-to-date technological alternatives in the future, as the project progresses.

Current tools that focus on interoperability of systems and/or  resources:

The conversation moved into discussing what interoperability means – interoperability of systems or pedagogies? Both seemed to be important and needed. However, it is a difficult matter because each OER is produced for a specific context and audience and any reusability of such materials would have to contemplate a process of adaptation and localisation that can hardly be done by a technological tool without the time-consuming ‘human thinking’ component.

It was also brought to the discussion that OER is not only for teachers but also for learners, and interoperability should take the learners into consideration too. The discussion needs to be continued as at the moment many issues regarding interoperability of OER projects seem to remain a challenge to educationalists and technologists.

OER10: The Openness Agenda

OER10 Conference, Cambridge, UK.

Opening Talk by Dr Malcom Read, JISC Executive Secretary

Live blogging, 10:30 AM

Dr Read starts by discussing the various contexts in which ‘openness’ is used:

  • Open source: software
  • Open standards: interoperability
  • Open Access: research  outputs, research data
  • Open Educational Resources: course material
  • Open Science: open innovation (the research process becoming more open via web 2.0)

OER New Challenges:  need to focus on the discovery and use of OER and also on learning form current experiences (reuse).

HEFCE funding for next year (2011) is  £4million and will incorporate the release of projects in identified priority areas only. Another goal is to improve the findability of OER resources.

Open Educational Resources: New Directions for Technology-Enhanced Distance Education in the Third Millennium

Andreia I. Santos

Andreia Inamorato dos Santos

Paper presented at ICDE Toluca, Mexico 2007

Open Educational Resources: new directions for technology-enhanced distance education in the third millennium

Power Point slides

The Discourses of OERs: how flat is this world?

 This paper was presented at the Open Education Conference, Utah State University, September 2007

 The Discourses of OERs: how flat is this world?

Power point slides

Abstract:  This paper discusses the provision of open educational resources, drawing on the concept of a ‘flat world’ (Friedman, 2005). A discourse analytical perspective (Fairclough, 2000) is used to discuss data from example OER initiatives. We enquire how flattening such initiatives are in terms of widening participation and empowering individuals through the access to knowledge.

OpenLearn2007 – final panel – thoughts and reflections around the OER movement


Members of panel, from right to left: Erik Duval, Robin Mason, John Dehlin, Terry Anderson and Andrew Ravenscroft

Erik says with emphasis that he doesn’t care whether OER are paid for or not. As long it is available to be used, it does not matter who pays for it: government, universities, institutions etc

Robin Mason: Does not think that OERs will pick up in terms of bein gpaid for etc. She thinks that acadmeics will produce it as a part of their contribution as an academic. She mentions television, libraries etc that did not change the university role. Content isn’t king. Content only is not enough. OER is just a modern version of a library. Although the OU went a step further than that, people need much more than that.

John Dehlin: He wonders who came with the idea of providing educational online was seen a visionary. Nowadays it is widely spread and a respected business (he mentions the Open University). He is considering the vision of the OERs as the OpenCourseWare director. He says taht everybody is doing somethign in teh OER community but what is missing is a big goal, that can involve all of us. Open degree, certification etc. He said that we use more paper nowthan before the digital age. So OERs could increase the number of people who could enrol in formal education.

Terry Anderson: says we do not have big goals until we have big crisis happening. Universities are not very culturally equipped for rapid change. There is a crisis coming in higher education and the demand for lifelong learning is going up. Until there’s a cultural crisis in instituions he doesn’t see it happening. In terms of assessment, in OERs, how do we assess? And what are we assessing? He thinks it is a subject that deserves seroius attention.

Andrew Ravenscroft: He says he hears the word ‘content’ far too much. He doesn’t think we need any more content (?). He woudl like to see more of open educational practcies around. He emphasises taht it is an exciting time in this perspective. Phase 1 for he was based on technology. Phase 2 now is to orchestrate content for teaching, for learning. It is tehn a far less negative problem. It is important to think in use, as well as reuse. He woudl like us to consider how to address significant learning problems with teh ‘use’, rather than the ‘reuse’ of OERs.

Members of panel have very different opinions: Andrew believes we do not need more content, Robin thinks that we do. Andrew thinks that we do not need to foucs on reuse of materials, Robin thinks we do.

Erik Duval thinks that there is a lot of very rubbish reserach around. Terry thinks that there aremany opportunites fo research – research is important otherwise we’ll keep reinventing the wheel. Andrew thinks that we have to ask teh right research questions about whta is changing. JOhn syays that we are inundated of big ideas that are tremendously successful: Google, YouTube, Wikipedia etc. So let’s not loose the spark of big ideas. In 5 years time we might see things changing. Let’s not loose hope on big ideas!

The Open Learning Object Model for the effective reuse of digital educational resources

by Giovanni Fulantelli

Live blog post at OpenLearn conference:

The SLOOP project,
The idea of the project is to promote a community of teachers whose main interest is the production of searchable and customisable learning objects. They want to produce a collection of LOs, there are partners around Italy and also in Spain, Romania and a Jew instituion in Ireland.

A reference model: philosophy of open source software and open content.

From LO to OpenLO

Move from reusability based on aggregation of LOs – towards an idea of evolving an LO according to specific needs. OpenLicense to objects. Three hey issues in this new model:

Rethink the LO life cycle

Give the metadata a dynamic mode

Not interested in having a well finished LO but have a basis for any teacher to refine and complete it. They are all in metadata. Metadata is something that can be used to understand teh evolution of a learnign object. LO interoperability by adopting international standards.

FreeLOms – a plataform for teachers to develop, share, search and modify OERs in a collaboartive way.


There you can upload digital files: ppts , pdfs etc. Direct access from Moodle to FreeLOms (to be released soon)

Teachers acquire an active role in developing their educational resources

Developing a community of teachers around the idea of OERs used and produced by them

Students can be involved in the production as well

Collaborative process in teh production ad modifications of OERs