Open content employability project
OCEP will deliver a minimum of 360 CATS points of undergraduate open education resources. Coventry University is a business-facing institution and OCEP will deliver content in the general area of employability, which fits squarely with the university’s mission and strategic plans. 'Employability' affects every area of the university’s activity and curriculum and content will be drawn from across all areas of the university. OCEP will include diverse content types from Second Life machinima to the more usual handouts and PowerPoints. OCEP will allow us to develop the experience, policies and processes on which to build an open content culture.
Aims & Objectives
OCEP aims to:
- Create a significant corpus of high quality, credit-bearing, diverse and re-usable open learning and teaching content in the area of “employability” based on our existing resources
- Develop, test and implement institutional processes, policies and incentive structures to embed the practices of an open resource culture and open content release
- Develop a model for building open content release considerations into the educational resource creation cycle particularly at the (critical) module approval stage
- Create exemplars of open content which will inspire academic staff to develop and release their learning and teaching resources
- Develop an economic, effective and sustainable model for developing and managing open content
The project is divided into three main phases.
The first phase is experimentation. Here we will begin to identify the content which we want to include in the collection. We will identify a sample of materials with which to experiment, test out and refine the processes which we will then apply to developing the collection as a whole.
The second phase is establishing the collection. We will brief and train depositors in what open content means for them.
The third phase is evangelising and embedding. This includes institutional policy and process development, developing ways of incentivising staff to deposit materials, evaluating the benefits from deposit, dissemination activities and profile raising, both internally and externally.
Anticipated Outputs & Outcomes
- A minimum of 360 credits worth of high quality open content in the employability area
- Policies and procedures to help embed an open content culture within Coventry University
- An analysis of the costs and benefits of open content to different university stakeholders
- A developing culture of open content deposit and use within the university
- An improved learning and teaching resource base in the university
- SCORM For import and export of items
- OAI-PMH For harvesting
- Google For searching
- ODRL For storing of digital rights
- LDAP and Shibboleth For authentication
- RSS and Atom For publishing
- SOAP For web services
- Dublin Core For metadata
Key team members (all Coventry University)