Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds Met) has recently developed an institutional repository. This is currently being used to share content on a small scale. Also at this time Leeds Met would like to explore the sharing of materials across institutions in order to be more effective and efficient in the creation of learning materials. Currently staff share materials at a very local (subject/award) level.
The OER call provides an opportunity for Leeds Met to identify materials of value to other institutions and partners and release some of our well-established materials currently located on our skills for learning site (skillsforlearning.leedsmet.ac.uk) under an open license. Further to this our expanding Regional University Network (RUN) would benefit from access to our materials as they deliver HE
courses in an FE
Aims and Objectives
To build a ‘unicycle’: a prototype mechanism for the export and import of open educational resources at Leeds Metropolitan University. The Unicycle Project will increase the release of open educational resources (OER) from Leeds Met into the further and higher education communities.Objectives:
Build a cross Faculty network of OER co-ordinators / employing learning technologists and an educational developer to help staff to incorporate and adapt quality-checked OER / collate OER materials for inclusion in the institution repository / identify appropriate tagging and technical requirements / share OER materials with RUN partners & HE
community via JORUM.
Using our current expertise and working with colleagues who have implemented the Leeds Met repository, we aim to develop a process by which staff are able to contribute to, and draw upon, a central repository of OER material. Beyond this, the materials will be made available to the wider FE
sectors, including accessing content via JorumOpen. We aim to establish a cultural change within the institution, encouraging staff to create and use OER materials in a sustainable way.
In order to facilitate this the project will implement a Unicycle committee that will include membership from across the institution and more specifically representatives of all 6 faculties, student support services, RUN partners and 3 CETL’s which Leeds Met is involved with. This committee will manage the collection and dissemination of information with regard to the Unicycle project and meet on a monthly basis from the start of the 2009/10 academic year.
This committee will also call upon experts from time to time, more specifically in the areas of IPR
and licensing as well as pedagogic value and relevance.
Anticipated outputs and outcomes
- adapting, uploading and making available at least 360 credits of quality-checked
- resources, via Leeds Met’s JISC-funded repository, JorumOpen and other suitable
- developing a set of incentives for the release of open learning materials;
- winning ‘hearts and minds’ of significant numbers of teaching and learning support staff about generating OER
- creating a ‘supply chain’ for quality-checked release of OER – instituting arrangements to assist academic staff in producing learning materials and preparing them for open release;
- integrating OER development into the University’s sustainable planning cycle to ensure future funding.
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