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Reflexive task 2: Conversation with Delyth and Dafydd

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This conversation accompanies the write-up of reflexive task 2

Conversation with Delyth and Dafydd, 14th January 2011 (series of meetings related to the second partner task on C-SAP OER2 project) We used powwownow for the conversation – this is a conference call service, which makes it very easy to organise three-way conference calls.


Project progress

Overall, Delyth and Dafydd found it quite useful to work on the task, they will submit their reflexive narrative to the wiki shortly. They are now busy repurposing an OpenLearn resource Getting started with SPSS and will use the next couple of months to gauge how much progress they can make, this will inform their overall approach to repurposing further resources in the future. The second resource they would like to create is on the basis of a “Research Process” module which forms part of the MA in Language Policy and Planning .   These two resources are at the moment targeted at postgraduate students, but could also be adapted (and validated) for undergrads if for instance the assessment criteria were changed, this demonstrates ways in which OERs could be used for a more flexible curriculum. Together these resources should effectively contribute the equivalent to 30 credits of material. They both found the wiki tasks very useful as part of their orientation into OERs - although both are experienced lecturers they are welcoming of the project team’s advice and guidance with OER terminology.



Delyth and Dafydd talked about their experiences of using JORUM to search for resources. Overall, Dafydd found the process very easy, mentioned that he had a very specific search term in mind (SPSS) so that helped avoid any ambiguity. There were no resources in Welsh – overall, the dominance of English in the OER world is something reflected in academic literature on the subject (also parallel experiences of academics teaching in French in Canadian context).


Student engagement

Delyth and Dafydd will use the SPSS resource on one of the courses they are teaching, as the course is online, they will have access to usage statistics, at the end of the course they will also organise focus groups with the students (one in Cardiff and another in Bangor). Throughout the course, students will be expected to provide comments on an online forum; these discussions could become an OER as well and demonstrate how feedback on course design can happen around use of OER. They are also thinking of creating a task for students on questionnaire design which will be structured around content from the OER (and other sources).


OER release

The experience of repurposing the SPSS resource has flagged up some technical issues involved in OER creation – the resource comes with some videos embedded, Dafydd discovered he will need access to the source files and will be contacting people at OpenLearn. This brings up questions of the level of technical expertise needed to repurpose OERs, when Dafydd started on the project he did not really have a sense of which resources might be “easier” to repurpose in terms of format, realises now that maybe searching for a particular format could be a good solution for colleagues with lower levels of technical expertise. Dafydd is fairly experienced with tools such as Captivate, however he recognises that most colleagues will not have created materials with this – so in introducing new people to OER it’s important not to conflate or prioritise certain technical approaches as the normative solution.


For the research methods resource, Delyth would like to create short video clips (in Welsh) demonstrating basic concepts covered on the course. She has access to good technical support at her institution but both Delyth and Dafydd indicated that they would like some more guidance on accessibility standards; this will be provided by Anna. We also talked about where the videos would be hosted – Delyth’s institution, a dedicated YouTube channel? Each of these decisions has implications for the design of the resource. We also mentioned the synergies between the cascade project and the collections project that C-SAP is involved with. The collections project focuses on developing a gateway for social sciences research methods resources, on the basis of our survey into the use of online teaching materials and scoping work we have discovered that a lot of lecturers are keen on using good-quality, short video clips. We also talked about the possibility of items such as data-sets as being regarded as OER, or incorporated into OER – which again demonstrated the synergies between the cascade and collections projects (in our scoping of research methods collections Anna has written about this in the collections blog). In terms of re-use, Delyth and Dafydd also mentioned that they would like to learn a bit more about licensing.



Cascading expertise

Ideal project outcome – develop a working method of cascading OER expertise so that at some point there are 20-30 colleagues who are actively repurposing teaching resources; the resources developed in the context of the C-SAP cascade project will serve as exemplars Both Delyth and Dafydd talked about the plans they have to make the cascading  of their expertise happen - Dafydd mentioned the workshop for National Staff Development (in June?) and the session he is planning to do on collaboration and cooperation;  his aim is to demonstrate that cooperation goes beyond merely two people teaching together Delyth mentioned the workshop for new lecturers which regularly take place at her institution and some of the content focuses on collaborative learning, once again it would be good to be able to use her involvement in the C-SAP project to feed into that; the workshops are repeated fairly regularly so it should be easy to organise a session there In terms of resources for these staff development workshops – there are a number of OERs about OERs (“meta OERs”); there is a useful resourceOpen for Learning put as part of the JISC funded BERLiN (Building Exchanges for Research and Learning in Nottingham) project run by The University of Nottingham. Anna and Darren mentioned that they would like to encourage all partners to repurpose materials developed in the context of this project – any leaflets, partner tasks, guidance etc. can (and should) be re-used and remixed.

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