Ukoer pilot phase

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Open, transferable. Overview The Open, Transferable and Technology-enabled Educational Resources (OTTER) project at the University of Leicester will enable, pilot and evaluate systems and processes designed to enable individuals, teams and departments to release high quality open educational resources (OERs) for free access, reuse and repurposing by others, in perpetuity.

Open, transferable

OTTER will contribute a body of high quality OERs from 8 departments at Leicester, and plan to encourage and support many others. Equivalent to 360 credits, these OERs will be free to access online, use, adapt and repurpose under an appropriate open licence, and will be valuable to academics, past, current and future learners, funding agencies and professional organisations in the relevant fields worldwide. Building exchanges for research. Overview To enhance and expand Nottingham’s existing Open Educational Repository, u-Now, one of the first OERs in the UK and a member of the international Open Courseware Consortium.

Building exchanges for research

Through providing guidance and advice, BERLiN will benefit the whole of the UK sector by disseminating our experiences, as well as the outcomes of the project itself which is aimed at exploring the issues raised in the wider take-up and development of an OER. Open Exeter. Overview A research-intensive University, Exeter is revising its Education Strategy, placing greater emphasis on promoting active learning and in which students and staff can ‘range’ across disciplinary boundaries.

Open Exeter

This will be supported by the use of appropriate new technologies and contextually located within a rich array of learning materials. In addition, we are increasing our international intake and the availability of OER will be key to marketing Exeter’s education ‘brand’. This enhanced educational focus will impact upon the character of the developmental support that staff will require in order to promote appropriate student engagement. Aims and objectives. Unicycle. Overview Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds Met) has recently developed an institutional repository.


This is currently being used to share content on a small scale. Also at this time Leeds Met would like to explore the sharing of materials across institutions in order to be more effective and efficient in the creation of learning materials. Currently staff share materials at a very local (subject/award) level. OpenStaffs. Open content at Oxford University. Overview Open Spires has two purposes: Firstly, to increase the amount of educational audio and video content released from Oxford University as Open Content Resources (OER).

Open content at Oxford University

Secondly, to enable the University to investigate and disseminate the institutional implications of making some of this material available as 'Open Content'. The project is making a range of audio and video podcasting material available (talks, research seminars etc) through the web and other channels. The material will be open for reuse and redistribution by third parties globally, provided that it is used in a non-commercial way and is attributed to its creator.

Aims & Objectives. Open content employability project. Overview OCEP will deliver a minimum of 360 CATS points of undergraduate open education resources.

Open content employability project

Coventry University is a business-facing institution and OCEP will deliver content in the general area of employability, which fits squarely with the university’s mission and strategic plans. Some real data on Web 2.0 use (SPIRE Project) on theTALL blog. As part of the JISC funded ‘SPIRE’ project we ran a survey to try to discover which online services people were using and in what manner.

Some real data on Web 2.0 use (SPIRE Project) on theTALL blog

We were interested to find out which services were popular and if they were being used for work, for study or socially / for fun. The SPIRE project was originally looking into the possibility of using peer-to-peer technologies in UK HE and FE for informal sharing but switched to a more Web 2.0 focus as it became clear that these types of services were already having an impact on the tertiary education sector. They also appear to be where most of the informal sharing and collaboration is currently taking place online.

The survey was advertised to the Department for Continuing Education’s online students and on the online courses marketing pages.