Sesame

The Sesame project aims to produce a rich and sustainable source of open educational resources (OER), aimed at adult learners and their tutors, across a broad range of subject disciplines.  The resources will be made freely available for others to view, download, repurpose, and incorporate in to their own learning and teaching.

OER will be produced in the form of a series of open online course sites, containing newly-generated resources such as podcasts, course notes, slides and more, created and released as OER as the Department’s weekly classes are taught.  The project will also collate subject-specific guides starting with Archaeology; Architectural History; Art History; Creative Writing; French; History; Literature; Philosophy; Study Skills and Spanish to support tutors to discover and use pre-existing resources in their teaching.  In addition to these sites, resources will be disaggregated and made available through other mainstream portals such as iTunes U, http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk and Jorum, and openly licensed so that others can easily discover, download and incorporate them in to their own courses.

The Sesame project will work with the part-time tutors and students of the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education’s weekly class programme to identify existing, and create new online resources to support their teaching and learning.  It will develop procedures, guidance and tools to ensure engagement with OER and open academic practices are core to the provision of technology-enhanced learning in this programme.  By undertaking these activities in close consultation with core stakeholders, the project will ensure all developments are sustainable beyond the funding period.

Objectives 

  • Develop procedures, guidance and tools to ensure engagement with Open Educational Resources (OER) is core to the provision of technology-enhanced learning in the weekly class programme for part-time tutors, students and administrators.
  • Create a series of open online course sites, containing new and existing OER, that support the syllabus of the Department’s Certificate of Higher Education and weekly class programme, at generic skills, subject and course level.
  • Disaggregate the contents of these sites, where appropriate, and release these as individual OER or resource collections through http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk, Jorum and iTunes U for other institutions and individuals to use. 

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes 

  • Open Educational Resources (OER), developed explicitly for an adult and part-time learning audience, in a broad range of subjects and media types, made available through subject and course-based sites and disaggregated and released via popular OER portals.
  • Creation of a model of technology-enhanced teaching and learning, centred on OER reuse and production, including tools, techniques and guidance that others can use to adopt a similar approach.
  • Growing engagement with the University’s current teaching culture by the Department’s part-time tutors through increased awareness of open academic practices and improved digital literacy skills.

Project Staff

Project Manager

  • Marion Manton, Project Manager, University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education, Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL), Tel: (01865) 280986, Fax: (01865) 280982 marion.manton@conted.ox.ac.uk

Project Team

  • Sean Faughnan, Project Director, University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education, Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL), Tel: (01865) 270375, Fax: (01865) 280151  sean.faughnan@conted.ox.ac.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

University of Oxford

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