The Coventry Open Media Classes (COMC) project proposes the development of four new Open Media Classes, in which a wide range of high-value content will be generated and curated by Coventry academics, other participating media researchers and practitioners, and students. The classes make freely accessible a series of high quality teaching and learning resources and also give access to networks and communities of subject specialists, professional practitioners and wider learning communities.

COMC – Coventry Open Media Classes

The Coventry Open Media Classes (COMC) project proposes the development of four new Open Media Classes, in which a wide range of high-value content will be generated and curated by Coventry academics, other participating media researchers and practitioners, and students. The classes make freely accessible a series of high quality teaching and learning resources and also give access to networks and communities of subject specialists, professional practitioners and wider learning communities.

The material will be disseminated on an open access basis online. It responds directly to two key themes of Strand 4 of the JISC OER call: theme C, Addressing Sector Challenges – especially ‘Supporting emerging forms of learning and accreditation’ ; and theme D, Enhancing the Student Experience particularly elements i Resources to support university applicants and ii, ‘Drawing on student-produced materials’.

Open Classes, have already been piloted at Coventry University (see e.g. http://www.picbod.covmedia.co.uk/). The COMC project will:

  • enhance the student experience by expanding this way of working to four new communities of students attending Media courses at Coventry;
  • strongly enhance student participation in learning through use of materials generated in part by them;
  • lower the entry threshold to the HE experience, enabling many groups and audiences outside the HE to experience versions of media classes( lecture content, in-class activities, discussions and networks) without cost, or other barriers;
  • offer new possibilities of personal/ open/ collective learning and encourage the formation of independent online learning communities.  

The Media and Communication department at Coventry University has been implementing an Open Media Strategy for the past two years (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coventry_University_Department_of_Media_and_Communication); and the University is strongly committed to innovation in teaching and learning, its Corporate Plan 2010-1015 commits to: ‘Teaching [that] is designed to inspire and engage students in their chosen course  … which encourages lively, interactive learning, and by drawing on relevant research and professional practice. Excellence in classroom teaching will be enriched by appropriate use of virtual environments, technology and specialist facilities.’ Staff in the Media and Communication department are leading the development of mobile ‘open' approaches to learning through web and ‘native’ ‘App.s’, and learning through mobile devices. 

Objectives

  1. To generate, aggregate and curate teaching and learning material in four fields: media and cultural research; media activism through production; and photography BA and MA classes.
  2. To make learning content, communities and networks aggregated by the open classes accessible through PCs and mobile devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets), the resources being available free under CC BY SA licence.
  3. To develop an outline model for Open Class provision from the ‘live’ case study classes offered during the 2011-12 academic year, which will be tested and evaluated, and become the basis for a toolkit for use by other institutions.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

The outcomes of the COMC project are as follows:

  • Four Open Classes in - photography (BA and MA levels), media research, and media activism; each of which enable on-going, open and collaborative participation.
  • A multi-modal report and review stage, providing a project evaluation and guidance notes on the COMC project and the ‘Open’ approach which underpins it as well as a ‘Toolkit’ for others to develop similar projects;
  • A series of CU-hosted or sponsored events, which support debate, peer-evaluation, dissemination and promulgation of the concept.
  • A series of openly accessible and living (dynamically evolving) extended networks

Project Staff

Project Manager

  • Dr Shaun Hides

Project Team

  • Mr Martyn Lee
  • Mr Peter Woodbridge
  • Mr Jonathan Worth    
Summary
Start date
17 October 2011
End date
19 October 2012
Funding programme
Academy/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme Phase 3
Lead institutions

Coventry University – Department of Media

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