Building on the success of previous open learning initiatives at the University of Nottingham, the multi-element PARiS project aims to move Open Educational Resources (OER) into non-traditional areas for the University and the Higher Education (HE) sector as a whole. The aim of the project is to extend the reach of OER into new communities and to new educational challenges.

PARiS (Promoting Academic Resources in Society)

Building on the success of previous open learning initiatives at the University of Nottingham, the multi-element PARiS project aims to move Open Educational Resources (OER) into non-traditional areas for the University and the Higher Education (HE) sector as a whole. The aim of the project is to extend the reach of OER into new communities and to new educational challenges.

The project addresses 2 themes under Strand 4 of the call:

Theme A, Element i: Extend OER through collaborations beyond HE

B.2 This theme will extend OER into new communities by working in partnership with the Ear foundation, a 3rd sector organisation, on the collection and release of OER. This will support an identified organisational need to expand access to training for their target audience of teachers, parents and care providers of children with cochlear implants. Public and private sector funding has been directed to the development of cochlear implant technology and surgical/scientific activity but little to the community – at home and school – the Foundation addresses this. Sustainability models within 3rd sector organisations will also be explored; including the provision of open access materials to complement fee charging face-to-face workshops. The results of this theme will be of direct benefit to the target audience and to those in the 3rd sector and related areas wishing to engage with OER.

Theme C, Addressing Sector Challenges, Element iii: Enabling sustainable practice

B.3 Through the creation, collection and release of open materials this element of the project will enhance and promote sustainable practice activities across the taught curriculum at Nottingham. It will also support the development of sustainable practice across the HE sector as a whole. This theme will openly release 100 credits of Nottingham’s teaching resources and use them as a vehicle for engaging with new communities and to explore the potential to embed compulsory exposure to OER within the UG student curriculum.

 Objectives

  • Explore understanding of sustainable practice in differing cultural contexts
  • Provide case study examples of sustainable practice
  • Further cement a community of ESD advocates within the University
  • Evaluate the project with the target audience
  • Provide OER expertise and consultancy in multimedia development and open standards technical advice to the Ear Foundation
  • Convert Ear Foundation learning materials from 7 core subject areas to openly available resources.
  • Explore issues and challenges faced in open publication by 3rd sector organisations
  • Explore sustainability models for 3rd sector partners for OER
  • Engagement and evaluation with target audiences

 Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  • A publically available report on the outcomes of the PARiS project
  • Case studies demonstrating the expansion of OER at Nottingham into non-traditional areas
  • Promotional materials
  • Dissemination to the wider community through the project blog/website
  • Other dissemination outputs, including professional publications and conference papers
  • 100 credits of Nottingham’s teaching resources openly available, facilitating the sharing of re-use of education for sustainable development resources
  • 7 ‘core’ Ear Foundation training programmes openly available, including an evaluation of the potential of OER to support commercial activity
  • The availability of resources published under PARiS in multiple locations, such as Xpert, OpenCourseWare Consortium, Jorum
  • Evaluation reports

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

The University of Nottingham

Partner institutions

The Ear Foundation

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