Open Educational Practice

Are communities helpful environments for changing professional practice? Authors: Allison Littlejohn, Lou McGill, Isobel Falconer, Helen Beetham For Open Education week at 11am (GMT) on Thursday at Lou McGill, David Kernohan and Allison Littlejohn will present some of the key findings from the UKOER programme ‘What you can learn from the UKOER experience‘. The programme…

OER4Adults: methodology to scope practices around OERs

In OER4Adults we are providing an overview of Open Educational Practices in Europe by identifying, describing and classifying a comprehensive number of European OER initiatives in the area of Lifelong Learning and adult education. We are identifying bottlenecks and barriers to the innovative implementation and use of OERs in adult learning, surfacing factors critical to…

OER4Adults: researching practices around Open Educational Resources

On Sept 4th 2012 Lou McGill, Isobel Falconer and I met with Yves Punie and Stefania Bocconi at the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville. We launched an exciting new study that has the potential to shift the dialogue around the creation and use of Open Educational Resources (OERs): OER4Adults (http://oer4adults.org) A unique aspect of the project is that, while encompassing…

Work and Learning at the Boundaries of Knowledge: A funded PhD Fellowship

Applications are invited for a PhD research studentship within the Caledonian Academy (www.academy.gcal.ac.uk) in Glasgow, UK.  The Caledonian Academy is seeking a talented,  PhD Fellow for a project studying learning practices within groups of knowledge workers at Google and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to…

Grand Challenge in Open Learning

During Open Education Week, the JISC UKOER evaluation and synthesis team, Lou McGill, Isobel Falconer, Helen Beetham and I, are   collecting together ideas for a Grand Challenge in the areas of Open Education or Open Learning. This is following on from my work  with the EU-funded STELLAR  Network for Excellence in TEL in developing ‘Grand Challenges’.  A Grand…

SCORE-UKOER

Change is not easy. Traditional values, beliefs and practices prevail. We have uncovered evidence of existing values and beliefs restricting change in open education and open learning practice. On Jan 19th I presented findings from our Evaluation and Synthesis study of the UKOER (Open Educational Resources) Programme funded by the UK Joint Informations Systems Committees and…

UKOER 2 Final Report

On November 14th 2012  we released the UKOER2 final report (http://tinyurl.com/bu5lvge). UK Open Educational Resources (UKOER) is a largescale programme funded by the UK Government through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) . The programme aims to encourage academics in universities and colleges to openly release educational resources under s creative commons licence.…