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SuperOERGlue will pilot the integration of OER Glue with Newcastle University’s Dynamic Learning Maps, enabling easy content creation and aggregation from within the learning and teaching support environments, related to specific topics. Creating digital resources for learning and teaching traditionally involves teachers working closely with learning technologists who have the IT skills required to turn draft content and ideas into sophisticated resources capable of realising the teacher’s vision. Alternatively teachers comfortable with IT learn these skills.

SupOERGlue

Project Background

SuperOERGlue will pilot the integration of OER Glue with Newcastle University’s Dynamic Learning Maps, enabling easy content creation and aggregation from within the learning and teaching support environments, related to specific topics. Creating digital resources for learning and teaching traditionally involves teachers working closely with learning technologists who have the IT skills required to turn draft content and ideas into sophisticated resources capable of realising the teacher’s vision. Alternatively teachers comfortable with IT learn these skills. This has been restricted to the enthusiastic few who have the time and inclination to up skill themselves, or those able to be assisted by small numbers of learning technology support staff. Knowledge and use of open licenses for sharing such content has been limited to those curious enough to explore the area, usually in isolation.With the advent of new content creation and aggregation tools such as OER Glue, the creation and sharing process has become much easier. 

Project Methodology

In this project we will apply innovative approaches to help address the challenges of open educational resources (OER) creation with dynamic harvesting of OER for specific topics displayed within the context of the curriculum and personal learning maps. This project builds on recently completed JISC-funded projects; Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM); interactive curriculum and personal learning maps; and a JISC-CETIS miniproject to prototype OER-specific social bookmarking. 

Partnering with Tatemae to use OER Glue, which harvests OER from around the world and has developed innovative ways for academics and learners to aggregate customised learning packages constructed of different OER, will enable staff and students to create their own personalised resource mashups which are directly related to specific topics in the curriculum. This will open and encourage more digital content creation practice, and ensure risk free resources with the ability to share by encouraging explicit use of openly licensed content inherently connected to teaching and learning episodes. The team will draw on its extensive expertise with OER including leading five projects in the JISC UK OER programmes. We will draw in resources from OER Glue and other sources for specific topics, displayed in the context of curriculum and personal maps. Data on OER from end-users (bookmarks, tags, comments, ratings and reviews aka ‘paradata’) will also be collected. The process will be carefully documented and the resulting case studies together with source code will be openly released. Teachers and learners will benefit from contextualised curricular access to topic-specific OER and from more sophisticated searching for resources and viewing related paradata, augmenting prescribed resources and enabling a more personalised experience.

Project Staff

Project Manager:
  • Suzanne Hardy, School of Medical Sciences Education Development, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH, +44 (0)191 246 4550 [Office: +44 (0)191 222 5888] suzanne.hardy@ncl.ac.uk
Summary
Start date
19 March 2012
End date
19 October 2012
Funding programme
Academy/JISC Open Educational Resources Programme Phase 3
Strand
OER Rapid Innovation
Project website
Lead institutions

Newcastle University

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