Flying ostriches

OER Sustainability through Teaching & Research Innovation: Cascading across HEIs (OSTRICH)

After the successful completion of the OTTER project at Leicester, which released 430 credits’ worth of Open Educational Resources (OERs) during the pilot phase of the OER programme, the JISC and HE Academy-funded OSTRICH project (UKOER Phase 2, cascade strand), got off to a flying start. The Leicester project team (Gabi Witthaus, Tania Rowlett and myself) visited our counterparts at the University of Bath last week, where meetings and workshops took place. In addition to extensive and valuable discussions with Andy Ramsden, Vic Jenkins and Julian Prior, we had the opportunity to discuss a range of IPR and copyright issues with Bath’s Library colleagues and their legal advisors. Drawing on the experience of OTTER and its sister projects, we also ran a workshop that attracted many of the project’s Bath-based OER contributors and a few potentially new ones.

We agreed that the CORRE framework (one of OTTER’s deliverables) may need to be refined to accommodate Bath’s requirements and context. For example, it would need to include a form of learner validation right at the start of the process. It would also need to reflect a devolved transformation process that does not depend on a central team – the new version could be called D-CORRE and it could be one of OSTRICH’s key deliverables.

Ostriches don’t usually fly. These ones do. The cascade process has begun.

Alejandro Armellini
Beyond Distance Research Alliance
18 October 2010

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