Open practice across sectors
This session seeks to highlight and discuss open educational practice across sectors, identifying similarities and differences. Sectors will include Higher and Further Education, NHS and workplace. We will be discussing strengths that existing academic and managerial cultural practice can bring, as well as challenges. In particular the session hopes to provide evidence of significant benefits from cross-sector approaches and partnerships utilising experiences of the JISC/HE
Academy funded UKOER Programme.
Anna Gruszczynska is Project Officer at C-SAP (Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics) where for the past two years she has provided research and project management support to projects taking place within the JISC/HEA supported UK Open Educational Resources [UKOER] programme. These included the pilot phase project “Opening up Resources for Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences”; as well as two projects in the second phase of the programme: “Cascading Social Science Open Educational Resources” and “Discovering Collections of Social Science Open Educational Resources”. She is currently undertaking a SCORE fellowship which focuses on the use of images in producing online teaching resources. Her other research interests include exploring the challenges of reflexive methodologies and accessibility issues in the context of OERs.
Suzanne joined the Subject Centre for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine in July 2000 and is responsible for overseeing the development and management of the website and its associated databases. Her primary brief is to support the information dissemination and publication activities of the Centre facilitated by the appropriate use of new technologies, and to encourage the novel use of new technologies in learning and teaching in the centre's three subject areas.
Suzanne is a reviewer for Medical Education, and was a juror for the 2002 European Academic Software Awards. She was co-author of a regular elearning column in Medical Teacher, and currently co-ordinates the @the page section of The Clinical Teacher.
She is a keen blogger and user of Twitter, and attempts to encourage her colleagues to use new technologies more in their everyday work.
Helen Richardson is Business Manager at FusedWorks, Doncaster College's 3D visualisation studio www.fusedworks.com. The College is a general further education college based in South Yorkshire. Through University Centre Doncaster it is one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the FE sector and currently has over 1000 FTEs on HE programmes. Helen and her team of 3D developers created the 3D SPACE resource as a result of their recent OER2 project which formed part of the UKOER programme www.space.fusedworks.com.
The project, led by Helen was a result of a successful collaboration between Doncaster College, National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural and PALATINE (the then HE subject specialist for performing arts). Through her work on the SPACE project Helen has gained considerable knowledge around open educational practice.
Terry McAndrew is an advisor at JISC TechDis (since 2010) and the C&IT manager at the UK Centre for Bioscience Subject Centre (since 2000). He has worked with the OER programme through JISCs provision of accessibility support and also as a project manager for two Bioscience OER projects for the Subject Centre. The most recent, OERBITAL, sought to explore the issues around developing better use of OERs in the biosciences and building a discipline community approach with input from Learning Technologists. In has faculty role he taught IT and statistics including the use of many open resources.
Terry also produces the e-Journal 'Bioscience Education' with the centre 'to promote, enhance and disseminate research, good practice and innovation in tertiary level teaching and learning within the biosciences disciplines.