Beyond 2011

Our ‘Beyond’ conference this year will celebrate the  joys and challenges of community collections. It will  be hosted by the RunCoco project and sponsored by JISC . The conference will be of interest to learning technologists, librarians, museums, community groups, archivists and researchers. This … Continue reading

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coming of age

With more than 660 students from 73 countries, ours is  now the University’s most international college*, as well as the largest graduate-only college. To mark our 21st anniversary, the college held a special Foundation dinner for college members, as well as a … Continue reading

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Don’t underestimate the power of PowerPoint.

Any discussion of technology in classrooms, supporting student learning or content in VLEs always, always ends up in a discussion about PowerPoint. Everyone has opinions, and the bulletpoint is apparently the mortal enemy of learning. Lecturers and presenters are given … Continue reading

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Send in the crowds

Through a community collection the general public or members of a particular group are invited to contribute to a project by uploading their own content or adding information to existing resources. For sustainable crowdsourcing : Aim for two-way engagement Be part … Continue reading

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Don’t call it OER. Call it Creative Commons.

Having been involved in OER projects for two years I can confidently say that no-one outside an OER project uses or understands that term. Use it when you are in the room with someone from JISC, but if you want … Continue reading

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For sustainability, build on solid ground.

Hoping for success in our learning technology projects we align our activities to departmental and institutional strategies, and as part of the Oxford University community we look to bulid upon existing good practice. The OpenSpires project was part of the … Continue reading

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Aim for success, not perfection.

I am spending the day at the New Strategies for Digital Content Conference in London, at the charmingly named Goodenough College. The RunCoCo project has presented about the support they give to community collection digitisation projects. There are many questions … Continue reading

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Does OER shape pedagogy?

At the SCORE event in Nottingham on Friday we discussed quality,  re-use and pedagogy. We discussed how teachers  use others’ content and how this can shape their practice. In feedback such as this below ( to Emma Smith), we can see evidence … Continue reading

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Looking for OER? Dig deep.

During the summer of 2010 staff at OUCS ran a Community Collection where members of the public, teachers, academics, museums and other units, were asked to send material related to the Anglo-Saxons to form part of a freely reusable web … Continue reading

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Looking for OER? Your journey’s end.

“Go and explore The First World War Digital Poetry Archive and The Great War Archive. Go even if you don’t care about the First World War, just to revel in the high quality of the thought that has gone into … Continue reading

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