LORO from Open Educational Resources to Open Educational Practices

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  • 1. Update on the LORO journey:from repositories to OER to OEP Anna Comas-Quinn, Tita Beaven and Caroline Rowan OliveDepartment of Languages, The Open University Learning from Languages at the OU and beyondeLearning Community, 25 April 2012

2. Session outline What was LORO about? Success measures Promoting and embedding openness: fromOER to OEP A users experience 3. Languages Open Resources Online http://loro.open.ac.uk/ 4. Languages Open Resources Onlinehttp://loro.open.ac.ukLORO is about: ...making all teaching materials for all levelsand languages available to all users, allowing users to share their own materialswith the OU languages community, making all tutorial materials available to thewider languages community, starting a change in the way we work (OER,access, reflection, transparency, quality). 5. Success measures 1.5 million page views to date 20,000 downloads in the last 6 months over 1100 registered users over 2500 resources 900+ visitors a month from around the world(data from LORO inbuilt stats and Googleanalytics) 6. Success measuresLORO Project, Highly Commended in theLearning Contexts categoryOPAL Awards for Quality and Innovationthrough Open Educational Practices. 7. The embededness of the OER practicewithin courses is praiseworthy. It isanchored in a clear vision and strategyand aims fundamentally to change thepractice of both the academics and theteachers to include processes of sharing,showcasing, adapting and re-usingresources. (OPAL jury statement) 8. Definitions Open Educational Resources (OER) are materialsused to support education that may be freelyaccessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone(Downes, 2011). Open Educational Practices (OEP) support theproduction, use and reuse of high quality OERthrough institutional policies, which promoteinnovative pedagogical models, and respect andempower learners as co-producers on theirlifelong learning path. (ICDE, 2011). 9. Integrating OER into practice: OEP Embed LORO into workflows Make openness and OER part of otheractivities DoL Training workspacePerforming Languageswww.performinglanguages.euCollaborative Writing and Peer Review 10. Although the primary aim of the learningpartnership is not to produce materials but toshare experiences and develop commonunderstandings, the resources we produce forour project (such as workshop activities,lesson plans, texts and video recordings) willbe made into Open Educational Resources(OER), freely available under a CreativeCommons license. () In this way, we willensure that the experiences and ideas fromthis project can be either replicated by othersas such, or adapted to their specific contextand needs, thus increasing the impact of theproject. 11. LORO: a users view Digital natives at work (I am not one ofthese). 12. LifebeforeLORO 13. My life with LORO Member of first Focus Group Uploaded Open University materialsfor L313 Variationen (Advanced German) And so far 18 of my own resources forL313 and L193 Rundblick, BeginnersGerman 14. Download and use numerous materials,usually as a source of ideas, which I adapt tomy own teaching style, student group,learning objectives etc. but sometimes to use as they are off thepeg. In some emergency situations, LOROhas made the difference between a tutorialand no tutorial. 2012: took part in the Collaborative Writingproject, sharing the process of peer review. 15. Short-term fellowship July 2011 developed mytheoreticalunderstandingof OER in aglobal context Web-based open and distance learningholds considerablepotential forsustainabledevelopment byincreasing access and quality ofeducation towards realisation of the fundamental right tohttp://wikieducator.org/UNESCO_OER_Toolkit_Draft education for all. 16. Gave me time and support to develop asubstantial teaching resource on Migration in Germany, addressing cultural difference and racism. http://loro.open.ac.uk/1263/ 17. LORO as a virtual staff room Collaborative writingproject Give and receive feedback Introduction to peer review Generate ideas Keep up to date with technology (e.g. Jing) Maximise use of existing resources 18. Working across languages adapting resources from different languages 19. When something youve done is going to beon paper for years and your name will beattached to it, you feel the need to ensure it isperfect. When its online, even if its open tothe rest of the world, it is incrediblytemporary, it can be changed all the time.There is no perfect final product. Ive neverbeen so aware of it before. (participant in the Collaborative Writing and Peer Review project) 20. Thank you for yourattention!Contact FELS-Repository@open.ac.ukorAnna Comas-QuinnA.Comas-Quinn@open.ac.uk


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