Health and Life Science Open Educational Resources (HALS OER)
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University has gained considerable experience in producing open educational resources (OERs) in previous years, releasing video and animation onto the internet to support undergraduate teaching of science laboratory skills (VAL Project) and to promote education and awareness of sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCOOTER Project). In our latest OER Phase 3 project “Health and Life Science” (HALS) OERs, we will focus on producing resources to support the learning and teaching of these nationally important and popular subject areas.
The project team consists of De Montfort University staff who lecture on Forensic Science, Midwifery, Biomedical Science and Medical Science degree programmes. The team also includes library services, the university transitions team and the widening participation team, and as with our past projects, will also involve contributions from our students.
The HALS Team is excited about working with a number of external partners including the local constabulary, the National Health Service, professional bodies and the publishing industry namely Oxford University Press. These partners will provide real-life scenarios and expertise that will feed into the OERs being produced. Building these external links will enrich the experience of our science students, and produce resources of interest to broader audiences including the general public. A focus of the HALS project is to produce university taster materials for school and college students to support them in making their education and career choices.
As with all our OER projects, we will place our learning resources openly on the internet and use search engine optimisation approaches to market them on-line in order to distribute and share the resources as widely as possible around the world. We use YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, so are in regular contact with our users and always welcome feedback and suggestions as to how we can make improvements.
- To establish open ways of working with external collaborators, including the NHS and the Leicestershire Constabulary.
- To work with Oxford University Press to explore how OER can supplement a textbook series, and explore the benefits and tensions of using open content in a commercial environment.
- To help prospective students make their university choices by producing taster materials to use with local Leicester schools and colleges.
- Getting students to use OER! The library team will work with students to build their skills in searching and using OER.
- To release OERs in Forensic Science, Midwifery and Biomedical/Medical Science. We will assist students in producing OER and help staff share their existing resources.
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
- A community of open education practitioners within the university and externally, raising awareness of OER.
- Improved discovery of OER and how this impacts on collaboration and community building.
Dr Vivien Rolfe, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, 0116 257 7578, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Mark Fowler, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University,
Jacqui Williams, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University