This interactive workshop will develop your knowledge of how open educational resources can be used to develop and support the curriculum. It will consider the benefits of 'giving away learning for free', offer an insight into what makes a valuable open educational resource and what issues need to be considered.
The session will be run by Kate Signorini from The Open University in Scotland and Jonathan Darby, Director, SCORE (the Support Centre for Open resources in Education). It is one of many events being held around the world as part of Open Education Week 5-10 March 2012.
We will look at the opportunities that open educational resources can offer:
* Flexible delivery of curriculum
* Bridging informal and formal learning
* Positive impact on recruitment, preparation and progression
* Reducing course production costs
We will look at innovations in open educational resources with reference to The Open University's free content across a wide range of formats such as iTunesU, YouTube and OpenLearn.
We will use the experience of developing bespoke material on The Open University's OpenLearn website as a focus for discussing how open educational resources can be used as an alternative way of developing curriculum and how such issues as online pedagogy and quality are addressed.
The aim of this workshop is to encourage individuals, institutions and programmes across the higher education sector to develop a deeper understanding of the benefits of open educational resources.
The workshop will enable you to:
* Learn more about innovations in open educational resources
* Share your experiences of open educational resources
* Consider how open educational resources could work in your own institution and what are the potential barriers
* Explore how open educational resources can change ways of working and learning