The PublishOER project will develop new ways of expanding the open educational resources (OER) ‘pool’ with high quality published content by investigating new business models for embedding published works in OER. It is a partnership of organisations including Elsevier, JISC Collections, Rightscom (with links to all publishers) and education providers particularly the RVC. We will survey stakeholders in the context of advancing academic publishing in challenging times (responding to changes in UK further and higher education); test models of working through a significant case study in veterinary medicine; and explore the potential for mutually beneficial national licence agreements.

PublishOER

The PublishOER project will develop new ways of expanding the open educational resources (OER) ‘pool’ with high quality published content by investigating new business models for embedding published works in OER. It is a partnership of organisations including Elsevier, JISC Collections, Rightscom (with links to all publishers) and education providers particularly the RVC.

We will survey stakeholders in the context of advancing academic publishing in challenging times  (responding to changes in UK further and higher education); test models of working through a significant case study in veterinary medicine; and explore the potential for mutually beneficial national licence agreements. The project will investigate alternative, flexible ways of raising income while supplementing existing resources with weblogs, reviews, comments and ratings from users, and ways of incorporating published works into OER, ensuring staff and students are operating within best practice, accrediting, attributing and paying (when necessary) for using commercially published material in sharable resources. This project has the potential to build the foundations for a new mixed economy incorporating published works in which learners and teachers will benefit from a broader range of high-quality resources, tested in the veterinary sector, ensuring better currency of information in OER and increased personal choice. 

Objectives

  • Build on existing expertise and current thinking in rights management and embedding published works in OER and recommend ways forward for the sector;
  • Explore and document new business models to enable sustainable release of OER by conceptualising, planning, piloting and testing different approaches to embedding third party rights;
  • Test the approaches with staff and students who generate/use OER;
  • Explore discovery of and payment for published works embedded in OER in support of new business models;
  • ‘Release and collect’ (make discoverable) and enhance a significant amount of OER;
  • Consider how web 2.0 rating systems positively/negatively impact on OER with embedded rights. 

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  •  Project web site
  • Project blog
  • Project documents
  • Review of current business models
  • Engagement with stakeholders
  • Long list of potential business models
  • Release of some published works in OER under the models outlined above
  • Documented case studies
  • Updated CASPER interactive tools
  • Evaluation documents
  • Make discoverable and enhance a significant amount of OER
  • Draft national licencing or similar policy for including third party works in OER
  • Presentations at programme meetings
  • Dissemination via project workshops and conference
  • Dissemination via external routes


Project Staff

Project Manager

  • Gillian Brown, Newcastle University, School of Medical Sciences Education Development, 0191 2464551, 0191 2225016 gillian.brown@ncl.ac.uk 

Project Team

  • MEDEV, Newcastle University, School of Medical Sciences Education Development, 0191 2225888, 0191 2225016  enquiries@medev.c.uk
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
MEDEV Subject Centre
Partner institutions

Royal Veterinary College (RVC)

JISC Collections

Elsevier

RightsCom

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