Widening Participation, Open Educational Resources and MOOCs: In Research and In Practice

  1. It’s main Aims and Objectives were:

  2. To bring together widening participation practitioners and academic staff engaged with research into, and use of, Open Educational Resources.
  3. To start a discussion between researchers and practitioners on developing the use of OER in community settings and outreach work to widen participation.
  4. Today we will draw up a list of priorities and research Qs for WP through free and open resources. Tweet your thoughts! #WPOER #OER #MOOC
  5. Some Lessons learnt while engaging with OER:

  6. Andy Lane: The 4 Ps of effective OER practices: pedagogic support, personal support, peer support, professional support. #WPOER
  7. @OpenUniversity ‘s Andy Lane: Open content can be understood as degrees of openness #WPOER #OER #MOOC
  8. #wpoer – Andy Lane extends #OER discussion: “OER are about open innovation. Put it out there and see what happens”
  9. Prof Andy Lane at #wpoer – open innovation also works in a commercial world. Openness = share & share alike, not protection and competition.
  10. Lane: most significant developments in OER are happening in informal spaces and developing countries rather than western universities #WPOER
  11. Prof Andy Lane speaking at #wpoer – expert reflection & guidance still important for mediating teaching & learning with #OER
  12. #WPOER 0ER resources – if they’re not relevant you can make them so. Issues to consider around Creative Commons licenses.
  13. #WPOER not all OER is in university sector or inside the formal education framewrok
  14. Lessons learnt from Projects:

  15. Dominance of English language in #OER causes disparity of access in developing countries – Andy Lane at #WPOER
  16. Lane: most significant developments in OER are happening in informal spaces and developing countries rather than western universities #WPOER
  17. #WPOER Andy Lane – OER being used for workforce training – employees directed to open learn materials
  18. Lane: Range of different ways that prospective and registered students and alumni might use OER: as showcase/guide/reinforcement etc. #WPOER
  19. #WPOER “OER are fine for confident and experienced learners” Andy Lane quoted by Jonathan Hughes
  20. #WPOER building case studies helps tracking & monitoring the full spread and reach of #oer in communities
  21. Lane: “new policies and practices required at all levels in the HE system to address openness/OER and WP” Is the dialogue happening? #WPOER
  22. #WPOER the content language needs to be adapted to fit diverse audiences.
  23. #WPOER student buddies / student mentors can support WP students’ transition to the university
  24. Lane: geography, ind, social and cultural norms, prior achievements, income and digital divide can be barriers to HE access #WPOER
  25. #WPOER #librarians were champions in OU/reaching wider project in Mid & North Wales
  26. #WPOER mediation between learner & resources an important element in the mix!
  27. Research Questions arise:

  28. #WPOER exciting research questions, projects and discussions today related to #infolit & #oer
  29. #WPOER OER materials are available in some areas/subjects but not others. How will OER be demand led?
  30. #wpoer: research Q by Andy Lane: will we have new ways of recognising educational achievement?
  31. #WPOER why does everyone talk about OERs as lonely online activity and so much that is succeeding is blended, mediated and social learning
  32. Commenting on MOOCs

  33. #WPOER Andy Lane suggests that MOOCs are an extension of OER
  34. Participation rates are the fascination of the UK HE sector in WP terms. Might explain some of the media obsession MOOC uptake #WPOER #MOOC
  35. “Andy Lane: MOOCs as an attempt by HEIs to package up a learning experience..” #WPOER #MOOC
  36. Lane quoting Donald Clark: MOOCs shouldn’t be seen as ‘failure factories’ #WPOER
  37. Is it only grads and postdocs that do MOOCs? What of widening participation? Serious Q, non? #WPOER #MOOC
  38. The Open Research Hub “will provide a focus for research, designed to give answers to the overall question ‘What is the impact of OER on learning and teaching practices?’ and identify the particular influence of openness.”

  39. All project collaborations will address two key hypotheses:

    1.  Use of OER leads to improvement in student performance and satisfaction.
    2. The open aspect of OER creates different usage and adoption patterns than other online resources
  40. Some Conclusions (not mentioned above):

  41. #WPOER Andy Lane talks about openess bringing shared benefits. He feels OER is gaining interest worldwide now
  42. #WPOER accreditation will play a big part in how OER develops
  43. Extending your Reading with Associated Resources

  44. All the above tweets can be accessed on the #WPOER archive.
  45. All the presentations are linked via: 
  46. Journal of widening Participation and Lifelong Learning
  47. and a timely Guardian reading…
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4 Responses to Widening Participation, Open Educational Resources and MOOCs: In Research and In Practice

  1. elenizazani says:

    The original storify can be found at http://sfy.co/aF8D

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