This project will collect and release inspirational digital learning content that supports the theme “Great Writers Inspire – Learning from the Past”. The project will provide a new set of key lectures from world-class academics, access to over a thousand downloadable electronic texts and ebooks, plus background contextual resources including a blog of scholarly posts to support the lectures and ebooks. It is anticipated that the content will explore the historical context, discuss key texts, and the writers’ legacy and influence on literature.

Great Writers Inspire: Learning from the Past

This project will collect and release inspirational digital learning content that supports the theme “Great Writers Inspire – Learning from the Past”. The project will provide a new set of key lectures from world-class academics, access to over a thousand downloadable electronic texts and ebooks, plus background contextual resources including a blog of scholarly posts to support the lectures and ebooks. It is anticipated that the content will explore the historical context, discuss key texts, and the writers’ legacy and influence on literature.

Example collections may be:

  • Early English
  • Shakespeare
  • Swift
  • Austen
  • Dickens
  • World War I Poets
  • Modernism

The material, intended to provide an engaging introduction to a typical humanities undergraduate education, will be tagged as UKOER and released under a Creative Commons licence making it suitable for reuse in education worldwide. High-quality topic-relevant open educational resources (OER) available on the internet will also be discovered, assessed and selected to further enrich the collections. The project will focus on content collection and release through community collaboration and engagement. Our principal stakeholders will be the English subject community, and we will work with a key group of English Faculty academic staff led by an academic project champion. Academic contributors in Oxford and elsewhere will be supported in changing practice by becoming ‘open content literate’ to make informed choices regarding the materials they create, release and choose to reuse. Wider engagement will be undertaken with the humanities subject community through community engagement workshops focussed on collaboration, content generation and evaluation of materials. At least one of these workshops will involve school teachers to ensure that the material released is useful to the pre-university sector.

Objectives

Explore OER publishing models by bringing a range of openly available material together as the basis for a new set of thematic collections. The community engagement workshops will be an important forum for exploring and disseminating the models used.

Enhance the student experience by including talks aimed at engaging students in the subject area and giving them a flavour of study and university practice.

Draw on student-produced materials by working with graduate students as ‘Student Ambassadors’ to enhance the collections and raise awareness of open content within the student community.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

A permanent collection of inspirational digital learning content arranged around the theme of Great Writers Inspire providing a rich and engaging introduction to an undergraduate education.

  • Materials will include audio, video, ebooks, recommended global OERs, timelines and other contextual support materials.
  • Community collaboration and engagement workshops focussed on content collection and release.
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of open academic practice amongst our academic content contributors.
  • Wider awareness within the humanities subject community, both HE and schools, on the use of open content licences and reuse of OER materials.

Project Staff

Project Manager

  • Lisa Mansell Learning Technologies Group, Oxford University Computing Services,13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN, 01865 273233 lisa.mansell@oucs.ox.ac

Project Team

All at Oxford University Computing Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN

Summary
Start date
17 October 2011
End date
19 October 2012
Funding programme
Academy/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme Phase 3
Project website
Lead institutions

University of Oxford

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