OER at Alt-C 2011

There are a number of papers and symposia at this year’s ALT conference that will be interesting to UK OER projects and followers. Links are to the Crowdvine site which requires a conference log-in. Papers may well be mirrored in other locations at a later date.

The Paradox of Openness: the high cost of giving online explores the real costs of online participation and sharing of resources. It asks, among other things, whether content sharing via open platforms is always ‘fair’ and whether academic communities can sustain open practices in times of financial constraint.

Making open educational resources happen comprises three short papers with several presenters from the UK OER programme. They explore designing for openness, supporting openness in institutions, and open content for interprofessional learning.

The World Collaboration session includes discussion of a proposed open learning exchange – not exactly open content, but drawing inspiration from the mutual sharing of content as a model.

Are we in Open Country? is a UK OER symposium with a wild west theme (!) that explores the promise and  reality of working with open content. I plan to draw on emergent findings from some of the phase 2 projects, along with my co-presenters, to ask whether some of the wilder promises of the open content movement are relevant to life in present day universities and colleges, and what open practices are most valuable in uncertain times.

Three high profile UK OER projects combine to present Happening Resources, a session that touches on accessibility, OER in clinical education, and the role of the SCORE Fellows in advancing OER research and practice.

Finally, the session on the GLOmaker Tool could be of interest to those designing reusable open content from scratch, and for those concerned about the digital literacy of end-users.