We have recently received funding for a short project by the OER International strand of the HEA/JISC Open Educational Resources Phase 3 Programme. As part of this very quick turn-around project we have just made live our new open content page on the University’s podcasting website http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/open. Huge thanks go to Steve Pierce for making the vision come alive.
The purpose of Oxford OER International was to identify suitable elements of the University of Oxford’s existing OER collection to be showcased internationally. By improving the web presence of Oxford’s OER outputs, designed with the international user in mind, the project was able to promote a selection of resources hand-picked for their suitability for an international audience. The project enhanced the potential for engagement with international audiences by ensuring that the selected content was more easily discoverable through improved descriptions and additional metadata to indicate level (introductory, intermediate, advanced). Advocacy from world-class academics and appreciative users, clear routes to Oxford’s other OER projects, and the inclusion of other links focussed on international admissions were all included to present a true showcase of Oxford’s best international outputs. The project briefly explored strategies to improve discoverability by an international audience and methods for understanding their tracking and use, and these are to be included in the final case study. The case study will highlight successful approaches, for example by describing how metadata can be used to enhance discoverability and demonstrating how tracking methods can support international promotion.
Details of the final case study will be posted here when it is published.