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Reflexive task 1: Phil's response

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My understanding of OER is that they are on-line educational resources such as lecture notes, seminar work and assessment exercises that are shared freely amongst the academic community. The benefits they provide can assist students with their own learning as well as lecturers who use them for either assistance with specific topics or with the development of courses and modules. 

I would suggest to my colleagues that getting involved in OER will enhance their teaching as it could provide access to materials they may be unaware of and by observing how similar topics are approached differently, their capacity for self reflection could also improve. I believe they should care about OER as it has the potential to give width to the student learning experience - a prospect that may be denied by the prescriptive nature of learning outcomes in HE’s contemporary curricula. I would therefore use the potential diversity in OER as the main hook to encourage my colleagues to get involved.
I am not sure that the administrators in my institution will see the benefits in OER as the lack of a transparent financial reward may be an obstacle in encouraging them to provide the time for colleagues to contribute. However, I will argue that the current drive to use OER means that if my institution seeks an inclusive image then relevant support should be given to participating colleagues. 
I will encourage my students to get involved via stating that extra resources could help with their grades and I would give examples of where OER has benefited the learning experience in terms of increasing communication skills and confidence levels. 
I hope that the students’ involvement will mean that their confidence levels improve as this can be a common problem for HE in FE students and hope that this self-empowerment will develop their levels of critical thinking and creativity.


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