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The CORE-SET project will collaborate with a consortium of partners outside of higher education; private, public and 3rd sector organisations. It will involve collecting, and where appropriate transforming, into Open Educational Resources (OERs) the rich variety of high-quality electronic materials already in the possession of the partner organisations. These OERs will be released through the project, to become incorporated into the learning experience of students in higher education and of employees participating in in-house company training. As a result, a comprehensive range of OERs will be established, in the subject areas of science, engineering and technology – with a special focus on real-world application and on global environmental issues. In addition, particular attention will be paid to resources that have been developed by learners themselves, these to be complemented, where necessary, with existing materials from other open sources.

CORE-SET

The CORE-SET project will collaborate with a consortium of partners outside of higher education; private, public and 3rd sector organisations. It will involve collecting, and where appropriate transforming, into Open Educational Resources (OERs) the rich variety of high-quality electronic materials already in the possession of the partner organisations.

These OERs will be released through the project, to become incorporated into the learning experience of students in higher education and of employees participating in in-house company training. As a result, a comprehensive range of OERs will be established, in the subject areas of science, engineering and technology – with a special focus on real-world application and on global environmental issues. In addition, particular attention will be paid to resources that have been developed by learners themselves, these to be complemented, where necessary, with existing materials from other open sources.   

The CORE-SET project addresses the following specific elements within differing themes of Strand 4 of the OER3 Programme:

  • Theme A: Extend OER through collaborations beyond HE
  • Theme B: Explore OER publishing models; Element ii Using a range of openly-licensed collections of materials as the basis for new resources
  • Theme C: Addressing sector challenges; Element iii Enabling sustainable practice
  • Theme D: Enhancing the student experience; Element ii Drawing on student-produced materials

Objectives

  • To create sets of discipline-specific OER collections for Science, Engineering and Technology teachers, students, and trainers; provided by sectors outside of HE (industry, museums, charities).
  • To specify legal and technological protocols to allow partners to release their content in an ‘open’ format.
  • To develop a dedicated web-service to present the OERs released by partners, and to investigate further dissemination through social media.
  • To explore attitudes of users and potential barriers to sharing resources from outside of academia across the subject community.
  • To gain feedback on the usefulness of the learning resources in their open format.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

  • Themed OER collections, developed by engaging with partners outside of HE; these from industry, museums and charities.
  • Guidance on making open collections from the partner agencies, so that the electronic resources will be available for use and reuse in higher education and in company training.
  • A project web-service for release of the OER collections, along with further release through file-share sites, social media, repositories, and partner websites.
  • Evidence of impact and resource tracking, from exploring with the partners beyond the higher education sector issues relating to both change management and the publishing and usage of OERs.

Project Staff

Project Manager
Project Team
  • Project Director: Dr Tim Bullough, University of Liverpool, School of Engineering, 0151 794 5399 timbull@liverpool.ac.uk
  • Project Co-ordinator: Dr Diane Taktak, University of Liverpool, School of Engineering, 0151 794 5364 dtaktak@liverpool.ac.uk
  • Subject Specialist: Dr Tatiana Novoselova, University of Liverpool, School of Engineering, 0151 794 5389 t.novoselova@liverpool.ac.uk
  • Technical Consultant: Dr Andrew Green, Materials e-Learning Technologies (MeLT) Ltd, 07747013110 info@materials-elearning.com
  • Technical Developer: John Connor, University of Liverpool, School of Engineering, 0151 794 6893 j.k.connor@liverpool.ac.uk
  • Technical Advisor: Phil Barker, Heriot-Watt University, ICBL, 0131 451 3278 phil.barker@hw.ac.uk
  • Academic Advisor: Professor Mike Bramhall, Sheffield Hallam University, Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences, 0114 225 3377 m.d.bramhall@shu.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 Liverpool
Partner institutions

Materials e-Learning Technologies Ltd (MeLT)

Heriot-Watt University www.hw.ac.uk

Sheffield Hallam University www.shu.ac.uk

Ceram www.ceram.com

Exova www.exova.com

Kalzip www.kalzip.com

Sellafield Ltd www.sellafieldsites.com

TWI www.twi.co.uk

The Royal Academy of Engineering www.raeng.org.uk

Techniquest Glyndwr Discovery Centre www.tqg.org.uk

UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres www.sciencecentres.org.uk

Engineers Without Borders UK www.ewb-uk.org

Useful Simple Trust www.usefulsimple.co.uk