unlocking value

Digital literacy is key to unlocking the value of online resources says new research from the LTG

Researchers from the OUCS Learning Technologies Group have authored a report on the impact of Open Educational Resources. Findings highlight the need to support learners and academic staff alike in the referencing and the reuse of online resources.

The report was commissioned by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), and authored by by Liz Masterman and Joanna Wild. It can be downloaded at: http://bit.ly/okzU8Qf.

Open educational resources (OER) are materials which educators make the content available online to learners and also to other educators, to share, re-use and remix. The report claims, that their use in teaching offers new and better ways to engage with learning anytime anywhere and raising the richness the course.

The report forms part of a significant body of work by the LTG in the field of OER. The LTG’s Liz Masterman, the lead researcher on the project, says: ‘In recent years universities in the UK have released substantial collections of OER, including Oxford’s own acclaimed series of recordings, Open Spires. It’s very important, therefore, to find out how OER are being used. Academics clearly appreciate high-quality, easily discoverable, resources to enrich their students’ learning. As one lecturer told us, “Why reinvent the wheel, when there’s great stuff out there?”‘

An alternative report for those embedding OER in their teaching entitled The value of reuse of open educational resources is available at http://bit.ly/okzU8Qf as well as a interview with the report’s author David White http://bit.ly/nKQykp.

David White, Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning and author of the Value of Reuse report says, “The report advises staff to help develop students’ digital literacy skills especially in the area of critical analysis of resources – for example by making them aware of citation standards that exist for online videos and podcasts”.

This news article has been adapted from the JISC Press Release Digital literacy is key to unlocking the value of online resources says the HEA and JISC, 2 September 2011. http://bit.ly/phH33B

Open Spires: http://openspires.oucs.ox.ac.uk

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