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Shared resources, unshared language?. Motivations to deposit: Two approaches to Open Educational Resources (OERs) within Languages and Social Sciences. EUNIS Conference, Warsaw 24 June 2010. Sarah Hayes. School of Languages and Social Sciences. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Motivations to deposit: Two approaches to Open Educational Resources (OERs) within Languages and Social SciencesSarah HayesShared resources, unshared language?EUNIS Conference, Warsaw24 June 2010

  • Our joint paper for EUNIS examines the language used to discuss what OER means to teachers, with insights from C-SAP, Humbox and JISC Hayes, S, Lowe, P, Marsh, D & Gruszczynska, A (2010)Motivations to deposit: Two approaches to Open Educational Resources (OER) within Languages and Social Sciences (LSS) at Aston UniversitySchool of Languages and Social SciencesParticipation in 2 Open Educational Resources (OER) Projects run by our 2 Higher Education Academy Subject Centres & funded by JISC:-

    C-SAP Evaluating the Practice of Opening up Resources for Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences Participation co-ordinated by Pam Lowe

    LLAS Humbox (Languages) Participation co-ordinated by Sarah Hayes

  • ..an inspiring collectionof free Humanitiesteaching resourceswww.humbox.ac.ukIntroducing....

  • Why use HumBox?Showcase your learning resources to the worldto colleagues and potential students People can put a face to the learning resourceYou can disseminate your research too - as part of your profile

  • Why use HumBox?Diversify your teachingReceive feedback from others on how they use your resources a peer review and comments facility enables thisIn short, we are proud, as project partners, of all that HumBox has achieved so far

  • But, there are nowmany OERs to choose from in many different places

    You dont need to reinvent the wheel if someone else has already developed a learning resource similar to what you need, then you can download and adapt it.This sounds easy but is it?

  • What if re-inventing the wheel is an important, necessary part of teaching?In Social Sciences students question/add to knowledgeThe C-SAP Project evaluated the process of re-purposingWhat does this mean for teachers in Social Sciences?To ask, how might someone else use my teaching materials?They developed a toolkit to 'map' out a module into an enhanced open frameworkReleased their teaching materials to Jorum Open Conducted a literature review. Read more on C-SAP athttp://www.csap.bham.ac.uk/oer/index.html

  • Given that HumBox and C-SAP took such different approaches, OER could mean quite different things to different subject groups.

    Q: Are we sharing resources, but not sharing the language we use to discuss these?A freely available corpus tool: Antconc http://www.antlab.sci.waseda.ac.jp/antconc_index.html

    was used to examine the discourse about OERs - What are different voices saying?

  • Discourse from the 2 project forums and from JISC papers was analysed to ask: What language is shared by all?..In short not that much!C-SAP: materials, teaching, learning.HumBox: HumBox, resources, meeting.JISC: JISC, Project(s), JISC OER Call..

  • 3 different voices?

    Getting deeper into OER discourse

    What do the words around teaching and materials reveal?

  • I think that teaching materials are always embedded in contexts, users need to read them critically to identify pedagogic assumptions

    takes the class into areas not necessarily scripted in the teaching materials but this direction is tacitly assumed

    Re-use needs tacit understanding of the context in which we teach

    1. C-SAP (Centre for Sociology Anthropology & Politics)

  • 2. HUMBOX (LLAS Languages, Linguistics & Area Studies)

    to introduce the dissemination of teaching materials in School or Facultys strategy maps?

    the potential Humbox has in relation to both teaching and research and the building of a personal profile

    the big advantage of the Humbox is that it caters for every member of the teaching and learning community.

    Self-marketing, dissemination, community

  • 3. JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) helping universities to share educational materials freely online

    so that universities are able to continue sharing materials at a similar pace beyond the funding period

    Sharing quality learning materials in this way can enhance a universitys reputation. A shop window for the universitys work.

    especially when material is being used as a marketing tool.

    Sharing as a marketing tool for the university

  • OER initiatives can draw strongly on institutional discourses that aim to raise profiles, leaving to a second plan the commitment to offering true possibilities for the knowledge construction

    Santos, A, McAndrew, P, & Godwin, S 2007 The Discourses of OERs: how flat is this world? From:-http://aisantos.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/the-discourses-of-oers-final-licensed.pdf

  • What form should OER take?What are we asking people to do with their teaching materials do students benefit?Academic staff can reuse and repurpose materials rather than needing to develop them from scratch. This frees up time to work on aspects of their work where they can truly add value, such as furthering their research and effectively tutoring their students. (JISC)Should we avoid re-inventing the wheel?How a module is taught doesnt just depend on the availability of appropriate and useful materials. It depends on the dynamism of the teacher, the rapport with the class, the adjustments that need to be made depending on the different needs in different years. (C-SAP)

  • In summaryStudying word counts from OER discourse can be revealing. A tool called Antconc was used for thisEstablished comparable sized texts from HumBox, C-SAP forums and JISC briefing papersWhat are the personal critical goals for academics, the aims for funding bodies and the benefits for students in releasing teaching materials as OERs? Important to examine the social, cultural and political environment around OER as an interpretive resource (Mautner, 2005) to further sustainabilityWe can learn what might motivate tutors from language

  • Visit HumBox and set up your own account It is now completely open to all

    Create your own profileFind a useful resource and help yourself lots thereGive some feedback to the creator on how you use it

    Have a look here at partner videos discussing Humboxwww.humbox.ac.ukHow do I get involved in OER? Visit C-SAP and read about the project to map modules into an enhanced open framework

    Try the online demo of the Toolkit

    http://www.csap.bham.ac.uk/oer

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