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OER Expert Deborah Baff:“Embedding OER and OEP across the Higher Education Sector in Wales”

On 7-8 October, the LangOER seminar “Open Education in Minority Languages: Chances and Perspectives” is taking place. You can find more information on the events page and you can follow all conference highlights on our padlet wall.

dbOER Expert Deborah Baff (Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of South Wales) is giving a presentation during the seminar, entitled: “Embedding OER and OEP across the Higher Education Sector in Wales”.

You can also join her presentation virtually! (No need to register) Please find more information below:

  • Time: 7 october at 12:30 (CET)
  • Link: http://connect.sunet.se/alastair

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Her presentation details the experience of a Universities Wales pan Wales project to embed open educational resources (OER’s) and open educational practice (OEP) across the Welsh Higher Education Sector. The project was led by the Project Manager Deborah Baff in order to meet the aspirations of the Wales Open Education Declaration of Intent (2013) the project worked collaboratively reporting to an OER Expert Group with representatives from all Universities Wales together with recognised experts in the field. The presentation will provide a brief background to the project and outline the successful delivery of all main project deliverables with the key outputs highlighted. Including:

  1. Development and launch of a website/portal to showcase the best OER’s in Wales, and aims to strengthen OEP within every part of university life through promoting the creation, use and re-purposing of OER’s.
  2. Development of a pilot short / small massive open online course (sMOOC) working in partnership with all Welsh Universities and involving existing students as co-creators of the course. The MOOC has been piloted on a bilingual basis with Welsh and English Speaking existing students.
  3. The establishment of the OER Wales Cymru Champions Network in order to create a network of practitioners offering a diverse range of roles, background and experience
  4. Planning and Delivery of the OER15 International Conference held in April 2015 in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

Finally the presentation focuses on how barriers to collaboration were overcome and the importance of maintaining effective communication channels.

References

Higher Education Wales The Wales Open Education Declaration of Intent (2013) Available athttp://www.hew.ac.uk/wales-signs-declaration-of-intent-to-lead-the-way-on-the-use-of-online-education-resources/(Accessed 7 April 2014)

Welsh Government (Online Digital Learning Working Group) Open & online: Wales, higher education and emerging modes of learning (2014) Available at:http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publications/140402-online-digital-learning-working-group-en.pdf (Accessed 7 April 2014)

KEY Links

Project Website http://www.oerwales.ac.uk/

Debbie Baff https://about.me/debbaff

Twitter : @debbaff

Blog : https://debbaffled.wordpress.com/

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Turning point in Estonia, by Alastair Creelman


This week I was invited to Tallinn, Estonia, speak at the annual conference of HITSA (Information Technology Foundation for Education), a national organization for the development of educational technology: initiating, coordinating and facilitating activities and developments in the field of ICT-supported learning in Estonian higher and vocational education. It was held in the impressiveMektory innovation centre of the Tallinn University of Technology and attracted over 200 delegates from schools and universities. My contribution consisted of a keynote speech on the future of MOOCs (MOOCs – from hype to opportunity) and an overview of the development of OER in the Nordic region (Nordic OER) focusing on three projects I am involved in: NordicOEROER Sverige and LangOER. Here is a short summary of my impressions from two intensive days.
Read the full summary on Alastair Creelman’s blog.

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