I’m working from bits of the University of London today (in UCL now) having attended a UoL CDE (Centre for Distance Education) lunchtime seminar on The Role of Open Access and Open Educational Resources within Distance Education. This is something I have a particular interest in for a few reasons: 1. I’m interested in how people find and deploy resources, and this is a central issue of OER 2. I’ve worked on an OER project (ORBIT) at Cambridge which faced some challenges and involved a particular platform (mediawiki) 3. I’m interested in activities of WikiMedia UK (WMUK) and the role of resources provided through various Wikimedia elements (Wiki commons, Wikiversity, Wikipedia etc) and the software to do this (mediawiki) which may offer some solutions to OER folks interested in facilitating reuse while also tracking that reuse (something mediawiki templates can support). Indeed, I’ve talked about the potential of [mediawiki to provide OER support and learning analytics]1.
Senate House, University of London. Image from Wikimedia Commons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Senate_House,_University_of_London.jpg which provides usage data across all Wikimedia projects. Author Steve Cadman.
Jon Gregson and Stylianos Hatzipanagos spoke for the first part, giving over 30 minutes at the end to discussion on how to increase OA/OER adoption in UoL colleges, I left for this bit as I wasn’t sure I’d be able to contribute much to questions focussed on the colleges unfortunately. In any case this blog gives a brief overview of what was discussed and some thoughts from me. # Open Access ** Jon kicked off** with a brief intro to OA & licenses. He then discussed a survey across the UoL colleges results including: * Interestingly only 50% of college libraries have policy on developing OA, or/and the collection of materials (though they do have repositories with e-prints most widely used). * 5/11 colleges [note, there are 18 colleges…] produce open journals * Most provide little support/training re: developing OA or finding them/assessing qualitiy for both staff & students. * Keen for cross-college collaboration (8 think good idea v 3 not…again, note this isn’t all the colleges, I’d suspect there might be a small/big split here or/and a Bloomsbury campus focus? * Strong support for online access and sense that this is ever growing in importance Jon also emphasised that there is an understanding of the scope for greater evaluative/feedback mechanisms, engagement, and collaboration through use of OA – although there is a challenge in realising this potential.
OER Stylianos kicked off the second part with a bigger focus