A day with ‘Northampton Tigers’

Recently I had the opportunity to spend a day with our TIGER (see note below for a description) project partners at the University of Northampton. I took part in their course development event.

Our Northampton Tigers are currently developing teaching and learning resources that can be released as OERs (Open Educational Resources) for the benefit of the wider academic and practitioner community. The subject area covered within the TIGER project is Interprofessional Education (IPE) – a Higher Education level programme of studies undertaken by professionals that you and I meet when we are in need of health and other forms of care (nurses, care professionals, paramedics – just to name a few). The focus of Interprofessional Education is for these different professionals to learn about each other’s roles and develop efective collaborative practices.

I observed many interesting aspects of course development that were unique to developing OERs and especially for OERs for Interprofessional Studies.

An obvious, but often under-rated point that needs due attention is that developing OERs is a much more complex and sophisticated process than that used in developing course material for distance and e-learning. This is especially the case, as Northampton Tigers showed me, in a subject area such as IPE where the course development team includes both interprofessional academics from universities and practicing professionals from hospitals and other communities gathering together to develop a set of teaching resources that are relevant for both national and international academic and practitioner communities. Copyright issues and ethical considerations of using images and other media are just two of the many aspects to consider in OER development.

As we are involved in the TIGER project in the next coming months, we will be able to report on the actual processes involved in developing OERs from scratch and from existing traditional e-learning courses. So, watch this space!

Meanwhile you can visit the project website at http://www.northampton.ac.uk/tiger to learn more about it….

Note: TIGER (Transforming Interprofessional Groups through Educational Resources) is an Open Educational Research project funded by the UK Joint Information Systems Committee and led by the University of Northapmton in partnership with De Montfort and Leicester Universities.

Palitha Edirisingha
2 Feb 2011

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  1. Cory

     /  February 3, 2011

    GOOO…. TIGERS! That’s wonderful that they’re developing open educational resources. How innovative!

    Also, great article – highly informative and helpful. Thanks! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this!

    While on the topic of online educational resources for students, it would be awesome if there was some kind of online iframed app that students could use to help them gather resources and then track them. There could even be a fb app to attract more students.

    This isn’t necessarily a new idea, many schools offer similar tools, but they’re computer based instead of internet based – meaning, you can’t access the tool from anywhere at any time like you could if you had an online app.

    There’s already a similar app for businesses: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mindflash-Advertising/180033020422?v=app_4949752878&ref=ts

    Just an idea, sure it could be helpful for students, professors and many others.


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