Dr. Marianne Talbot, lecturer in philosophy at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, has published a case study on OER (Open Educational Resources) and public engagement following the release of her extremely successful podcast series through the University of Oxford OpenSpires project. Available on iTunesU, ‘A Romp Through the History of Philosophy’ made global number one in October 2009 with 18,000 downloads a week, and has now been downloaded nearly a million times. Marianne has since released several more podcasts through OpenSpires, achieving a second global number one in 2010 with ‘The Nature of Argument’, which has had nearly three million downloads.
In this JISC-sponsored case study she analyses the public response to her podcasts and draws some useful conclusions about OER-release and public engagement.
The 2012 case study is available to download as PDF (and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence.)
Marianne’s podcasts are all availablethrough the University of Oxford podcast portal.